1903/18 Rex vs. D.L. Ray and Wing Wo – murder (Trail)
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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A. On the left when you go up.
Q. It was opposite from him ?
A? No: on the same side, Joe's room and Sing.
Q. Sing's room would be opposite and Joe's two doors down ?
Q. Did he keep his door locked-Sing's door locked- was Sing's door locked ?
A. Well, he could'nt say he locked. He closed up the door, so he could'nt see the lock.
Q. He did'nt see Sing asleep in bed ?
A. No: he did'nt see him.
Q. What's his habits-does he go to bed very early ?
A. Well, he just come out, have about half hour rest, then half past eight goes
Q. Always do this ?
Q. Where was he on the night of the sixteenth-Monday night ?
A. He just come out half hour later. Came out of Bo Wing Ching's about half past eight.
Q. He stayed half an hour ?
A. He said half past eight.
Q. Where did he go ?
A. To bed, he say.
Q. Did he notice anything unusual in the house that night ?
A. He say he did'nt know anything. He say between about twelve o'clock that night woke him up and wanted to get his stove and put in Sing's room.
Q. They borrowed stove from him-Sing did'nt have stove ?
Q. Although he was sick ?
A. He did'nt have stove.
Q. But this man did ?
A. This man did.
Q. Who borrowed the stove?
BC Archives GR-0419 Box 19 File 1903/18 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.