1879/13 Regina vs. Ah Keong – murder (2 people)
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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believe was Fong Pah and the body of a woman whose name I believe to be Sue Sunn I examined Fong Pa__[?] body first and the hands and fore arms were cut about a good deal. There were many wounds on the head, 3 of which penetrated the skull and the wound immediately behind the ear had probably injured the internal carotid artery. Three of the wounds would have either of them cause death. The wounds could not have been self inflicted. Such an instrument as the hatchet produced (if a little sharper) might have produced said wounds. I made the examination in jail yard. I examined the woman at the house where the fire occurred about an 1 1/2 hour or 2 hours later than when I had examined the man. The woman was laying on her left side with her leg and thigh bone burnt very much by the fire . She had a large cut on the left ear and temple which penetrated the skull.