1900/40 Regina vs. Tom Lung - assault
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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the time; he was standing at the end of the bar inside when I paid him; I grappled with him after he struck me, but he succeeded in jabbing me on the face and scalp several tines with the jagged end of the neck of the bottle he made several wounds, one on the chin, one near the eye and several near the scalp I had done nothing whatever to provoke this assault further than telling him he had to go for his insolence; his intention was to murder me; it could not be anything else; when I grappled with him I overpowered and threw him on the floor just outside the partition going into the reading room; I kept him there till Mr. Richardson came back and asked him to take him away, which he did; I then went upstairs and have been under the doctor' s care since. Alex Holland. (B) 8C Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 83 File 1900/40 Attorney General documents.