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 house was burning; I heard that there was a woman in the house. I went in the back door as quick as the fire would let me, and tried to get to the bed but broke through the floor. After I got up I got to the bed, and the bed was on fire. I saw the woman on the bed and got hold of the mattress and pulled it out on to the floor of the room Someone shoved in a board and we put the mattress and body on the board and took it out into the garden. There was quite a strong smell of coal oil about the bed. At this time the fire was pretty well under control. I returned later in the day and made a further search, and found the head of a hatchet on the floor in front of the middle of the bed. There was no handle to said hatchet, and my impression was that I pulled the head off the handle from under the debris. The hatchet head produced is the one I found in the room. I found the 2nd hatchet produced in the kitchen. There was very little water played on the kitchen. I have known Sue Sunn about 4 years past, and I