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1884/16 Ah Keong, attempted murder, big scrap in Victoria’s Chinatown

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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Indictable Offences

(N) See s. 31.

Statement of the Accused.

Ah Keung, Ah Kow & Wah Shue stand charged before the undersigned Police Magistrate one of her Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the District or County aforesaid, this thirteenth day of October in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four, for that the said Ah Keung, Ah Kow and Wah Shue did on Tuesday instant feloniously and unlawfully assault one Fong Wy with the intent thereby willfully, feloniously and of his malice aforethought to kill and murder him the said Fong Wy.

And the said charge being read to the said Ah Keung, Ah Kow and Wah Shue and the witnesses for the prosecution, Fay Wy, Ah Sing, Ah Lay and William Jackson, being severally examined in their presence, the said Ah Keung, Ah Kow and Wah Shue now addressed by me as follows:

"Having heard the evidence, do you wish to say anything in answer to the charge? You are not obliged to say anything, unless you desire to do so, but whatever you say will be taken down in writing, and may be given in evidence against you at the trial."

Where upon the said Ah Keung, Ah Kow and Wah Shue saith as follows:

We reserve our defence

Taken before me at Victoria the day and year first above mentioned.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 26 File 1884/16 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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