1895/82 Regina vs. Foung Due, alias Mon Kee – perjury (a market gardener, sending money home)
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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(Copy) Information and Complaint for an Indictable Offence.
Canada Province of British Columbia City of Victoria.
The Information and complaint of Ah Low, late Boarding-house keeper of 9 Pandora Street, Victoria, taken this 12th day of October, in the year &c., 1895, before the undersigned, F. M. in and for the said City of Victoria, who says that Foung Due, labourer, of the said City on the 3rd day of October, instant, at the City of Victoria aforesaid, did commit perjury on the hearing of a case on judgment summons in which one Fun Quock was the judgment creditor [handwritten insertion: and the sd. Foung Due was the judgment debtor] at a sitting of the Small Debts Court of Victoria by swearing :- [insertion: To the effect] First, that he, the said Foung Due, was not a partner with one Fun Que in working certain land on the Fairfield estate belonging to Mrs. D. R. Harris. Secondly: That he did not know whether the said Fun Que had any partner or partners in working the said land. Thirdly: That he did not know that one Ah Duck was one of the partners working the said land. And fourthly: that he never kept any account or book of account for any person or persons working the said land, contrary to section 146 of the Criminal Code, 1892. Ah Low.
Ah Wing, Interpreter.
Sworn before me, the day and year first above mentioned, at the City of Victoria aforesaid. F. Macrae, F. M.
[Post-Script: Re-sworn as am???hed (sgd) T.R.S. (sgd) E.P. oct.21.95]