A fashion designer caught with 13.4 kilograms of cannabis at Kai Tak was spared a long jail term yesterday after a judge accepted the drugs were destined for sale outside the SAR. District Court Judge Peter Line jailed Wiktor Grzegorz Ulewicz, 36, for 18 months yesterday after he admitted trafficking in dangerous drugs on December 26 last year. Judge Line said it was unfair to treat the defendant according to Court of Appeal cannabis sentencing guidelines because the drugs were destined for Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where cannabis is decriminalised. 'If you had trafficked dangerous drugs in Hong Kong, you could have gone to prison for years, not months,' the judge said. The judge adopted a starting point of 4.5 years, but cut the sentence to 27 months because the drugs were to be sold outside the SAR. He cut a further nine months for Ulewicz's guilty plea. The judge said his sentence neither endorsed drug trafficking across international borders, nor did it reflect the court's attitude about cannabis consumption in Hong Kong. Prosecutor Brian Chan Fu-kit said the cannabis had been found in a travel bag and suitcase at Kai Tak after the defendant was detained for shoplifting. Defence lawyer Lee Kwok-lun said the defendant had lost his passport in Nepal and was given a forged Italian one on condition he smuggled the cannabis.