A SMUGGLER who rammed his speedboat into a police launch in a bid to escape and seriously injured three officers, failed to convince the Appeal Court that his 12-year jail sentence was too high. Dismissing the appeal made by So Mun-sang, 39, the justices said there was no doubt the manoeuvre was pre-meditated because it was So's second attempt to collide with the launch. Delivering judgement for the court, Mr Justice Nazareth, sitting with vice-presidents Mr Justice Silke and Mr Justice Power, said the act was consciously carried out by So to prevent the police officers from executing their duties. Mr Justice Nazareth said it was fortunate the officers were not killed. The trial judge was correct to use a 15-year jail term as a starting point, the judge said. So had pleaded guilty before Mr Justice Saied to three counts of wounding with intent. The court heard that a police launch was on anti-smuggling duty in Tolo Harbour on January 8, 1991, when three speedboats were seen moving without navigation lights. The speedboats ignored the signal to stop and sped off in different directions. The officers followed So's boat, which was carrying a van. During the chase, So attempted to ram the police launch, which swerved to avoid a collision. The speedboat tried again and hit the launch. All three officers aboard were thrown to the floor. They sustained head injuries and one of them suffered a fractured skull and went into a coma. On appeal, So's counsel, Mr John Dunn, submitted that it was not a pre-meditated attack. He accepted So had acted recklessly and dangerously, but said that did not justify a starting point of 15 years.