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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INFORMATION AND COMPLAINT FOR AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE.
Province of British Columbia,
City of Vancouver
THE information and complaint of E.E.Robinson of the city of Vancouver taken this 6th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ten, before the undersigned, A.E.Bull Esq., Police Magistrate and one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the said City of Vancouver, who says that at the said City of Vancouver on the 27th day of June A.D. 1910, Lee Sing and Lee Lewie while carrying offencive weapons to wit: revolvers were unlawfully found with goods liabel to seizure under the law relating to customs, to wit: 4 cans of opium. Contrary to the form of the Statute in such case made and provided.
Sworn before me the day and year first above mentioned at said City of Vancouver.
(Sgd) A. E. Bull.
Both accused committed to take their trials at the next Court of Competent Jurisdiction.
(Sgd) A. E. Bull.
BC Archives GR-0419 / Box 143 File 1910/58 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.