1879/31 Regina vs. Chang New – robbery
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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I walked in and met the prisoner running out . I made way for the prisoner . I dont know where he went .I saw Chas Cook in the house Choo Cook cried out. There were only 2 or 3 men inside when I went in a good many men followed me into the house. I saw Le Fook was scratched. I dont know what they do at those tables. I dont know what they do in a little place above the room. I dont know where Chas Cook lives . Le Fook told me he belonged to that house. I never knew Le Fook before that day. I have seen chinese gambling. I did not see if Chang You was hurt or excited. I did not see anything in his hand.
To Court I see the scratches now on Le Fook, I only saw scratches on one side at the time. I did know Chang You before. Chang You was running when he passed me, about 10 or 11 men followed me in. The passage is plenty wide enough for two men to pass.