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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The body was very much burnt. The blow on the temple was quite sufficient to cause death. The injuries were inflicted before the burning. To Mr. E. It is my opinion that in the case of the man the carotid artery had been injured. The man might have lived after the injury half an hour, and probably not more than 10 minutes . Probably death from the other wounds might not have instantaneous, said wounds would kill him.
The woman probably had the temporal artery cut through too. The atmosphere of a heated room would necessarily keep up the temperature of the body.
To the Court In some cases blood may run from a body from 5 to 10 minutes after death.
Truly interpreted by me to the accused. Yip South. [illegible signature]