1903/44 Rex vs. Ki Chung – attempt to murder
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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T. W. Bain, SWORN SAITH: On Saturday night Jan.23rd, I was instructed to go to Clan William on no one to bring in a Chinaman who was supposed to have been wounded by another Chinaman who was also to be brought in. Arrived at Clan William about midnight, sleeping car used by Chinaman was guarded by ten or twelve Section men on going into car I found Ki Chung sitting in bunk having in his hands hatchet marked Exhibit a, and knife marked Exhibit B. I arrested him and brought him to Revelstoke Lock-up. " T. M. Bain" Taken upon oath before the undersigned, at Revelstoke, this 10th, day of February, 1903. " W. L. McLaughlin". Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Kootenay Singh SWORN SAITH: Saw Plaintiff and Defendant at Clan William, saw Ki Ching cut Wang Depp Chong with hatchet it was about 6.30 PM marked Exhibit A, is what he struck plaintiff with heard no row or quarreling between then they were in sleeping car at time. Defendant was in his bunk or bed as Plaintiff was passing . Defendant struck him and knocked him down- two or three men carried Plaintiff out of car. Singh Taken upon oath before the undersigned, at Revelstoke, this 10th, day of February 1903,. "W. E. Mclaughlin" Justice of the Peace in and for the County of Kootenay. Ki Chung upon oath saith: I have nothing to say. BC Archives 6R-0419 Box 97 File 1903/44 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.