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1866/16 R. vs. Ah Gah, criminal assault against a 5 year old

As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, the BC Archives has digitized a selection of documents related to criminal prosecutions against the Chinese community from 1866 to 1914, found in GR-0419. These are mainly records created as part of the preliminary hearing held before a judge in order to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. There are often lengthy witness statements, and cross examinations by both prosecution and defense lawyers. The eventual verdict is sometimes recorded on the outside of the docket. They offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th and early 20th century criminal activity around the province, and ways in which the Chinese community was stereotyped. The records offered for transcription here are a small selection; for additional digitized material from GR-0419 click here. 

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BC Archives G-0419

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upon their [illegible] further prevent that [illegible] inquest is because [illegible] a make [illegible] in order to account for the cause of this death of [illegible] Gorwund [illegible], that he [illegible] Timothy should truly state where he [illegible] said Timothy was during the night of the Sunday July 22 and the morning of Monday July 23 in the year of 1866 And the Jurors [illegible] upon their oath [illegible] truth prevent that [illegible] Timothy being so [illegible] as of not having the fear of God before his eyes, [illegible] regarding the Laws of [illegible], but being [illegible] by the [illegible] of the devil & [illegible] & interfering to pervert the due course of law & justice, and to mislead the said Coroners

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 5 File 1866/16 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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