1910/58 Rex .vs Lee Sing and Lee Lewis – carrying dangerous weapons
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 He got away? A The white man went after him, and brought him back. I was looking for the three men. Q Who did you leave In charge? A There were two other white man came. Q Which of the white man was it that went through the Chinaman's pockets? A I don't know? Q You don't know anything about that? A This is the first I have heard about it. Q You don't know anything about a white man taking $130 away from these men. A I did not hear anything about that. Q Those men did not talk English to you? A No. Q And none of the white man reported to you that they had taken any money from either of those Chinamen? A No. PADDY RYAN, called as a witness being first sworn testified as follows?
DIRECT EXAMINATION BY MR KENNEDY
Q What is your address Mr. Ryan? A The Barnard Castle Hotel. Q What Is your occupation? A I am working for the B. C. Boiler Maker. Q Did you hear the evidence of the last witness? A Yes. Q What have you got to say to that evidence? A His evidence is quite correct.
BY MR RUSSEL. Q Did you see anything that took place? A Yes. BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 143 File 1910/58 Attorney General documents.