THE first person brought before the court for assisting people in Hong Kong to commit an offence outside the territory was yesterday sentenced to 41/2 years' jail. Sia Khim-meng, 29, a partner in a Thai furniture manufacturing firm, had pleaded guilty on Monday before Deputy Judge Wong in the High Court and the judge had adjourned sentence as it was the first case of its kind. Sia had two meetings with two sisters in Hong Kong before they went to Bangkok to pick up drugs to take to Europe. Yesterday the judge said the starting point for the sentence depended on the quantity of the drugs, how well organised the plan was and the role the defendant played in Hong Kong. In this case, the quantity of the drugs was unknown, the plot was well organised, but Sia had a relatively minor role. The judge took a starting point of six years, which he reduced by 25 per cent for Sia's clear record and his plea of guilty.