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1913/130 Rex vs. Ing Soo – attempted 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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BC Archives G-0419

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W.S. MURPHY, sworn

I saw Spencer about 10 or 15 minute after the shooting down at the bridge. I did not speak to Spencer or go near him. I do not know Ing Soo, I don’t think he was excited. White and I brought him back. Ing Soo said Spencer broke his window and he was going to kill him. I knew he was after some one but did not know who it was, there were lots of people on the bank. He shot towards the gravel bar but did not see any one on the gravel bar. I was not alarmed about anyone being shot. I walked to the bank with White from the front of the Imperial Hotel. I think we ran, the Chinaman was running fast when he passed me and we followed about ½ a mile and brought him back. Spencer was not in sight at any time until after White and myself brought Ing Soo back.

The above evidence is taken in the presence and hearing of the accused.

(Sgd) W.S. Murphy

(Sgd) Arthur B. Fenwick, J.P.

(Sgd) R.L.T. Galbraith, J.P.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 175 File 1913/130 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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