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1892/116 Regina vs. Ah Maw – murder, Cassiar

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him some more. I then took his knife from him he said that if I did not give more vinegar he would go dead before morning as there were three chinamen after him. I told him I would not give him any more vinegar and that he had better go home and go to bed as he needed rest. He said he would not go. He then caught up an axe that was by the door and said he would make me give him some more vinegar. I then took the knife from him and arrested him and put him in gaol and kept him confined to the present time. In conversation one day he said that if Ah Hing had not struck him he would not have struck Ah Hing. During his imprisonment he has acted very strangely saying that Ah Hing is all the time talking to him and that he was no good he was a son of a bitch

Signed Edward Metcalf

J.L. Crimp S.M.

The prisoner being asked whither he wished to put any questions to the witness declined

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 46 File 1892/116 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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