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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Q. Is he related to Sing-a cousin?
A. No; just friend; just knowed him.
Q. Did he ever say to any person that he was afraid of his life in that house ?
Mr. Gillan objects.
Q. Ask him if he was ever threatened ?
A. He say no.
Q. Who else stays in this house ?
A. He said two men up stairs sleep there.
Q. Who are they ?
A. Tom, he say people call him Tom.
Q. Who was the other one ?
Q. Himself-just the two sleep up stairs ?
Q. Ask him where the rest of the boys sleep ?
Q. Where does Ray sleep ?
Q. Just he and Tom sleep upstairs ?
Q. How many are staying in the house altogether ?
A. He says he could not say how many in the house; he's working; could not say how many.
Q. How many did he ordinarily see there ?
A. He say about four or five down stairs and two up stairs.
Q. Two Up stairs-that would be seven would it ?
A? Four or five he could not say how many.
Q. He just. guessed at four or five-- there's these two men here )pointing to the prisoners), and who else?
A. Tom and Joe.
Q. Tom and Joe, and who else ?
A. Pon and Hung Wong .
BC Archives GR-0419 Box 95 File 1903/18 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.