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1866/16 R. vs. Ah Gah, criminal assault against a 5 year old

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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Police Court 25th July 1866

John Chapman Davie [illegible] being duly sworn on oath deposeth and saith:

I am a Doctor of Medicine on the 25th inst. I made an examination of the child who is now in Court I hear her call herself Mary Gowian. I found the child laboring under a discharge from the vagina and pudendum of a muco purulent character the vulva was considerably distended, and unnaturally the hymen was gone and the orifice of the vagina lacerated. I examined the prisoner on the same day, I found him laboring under a discharge from the urethra similar in character to that from the child. I cannot state positively whether the disease is venereal, cases similar often arise without impure connexion: the laceration of the vagina and the loss of the hymen may be accounted for by the introduction of an instrument or fingers, or of the penis.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 5 File 1866/16 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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