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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invariably saw her wearing jewellery she wore Gold Bracelets on her wrists and Golden Rings on her fingers. I searched for Jewellery but could not find none. I last saw Sue Sunn on the Monday or Tuesday previous the Wednesday. My impression is that the body of the dead woman is that of Sue Sunn. I saw a large cut on the left side of her head. There was some mens and womens charred clothing found in the said house. There was also a lot of old China Boots(or Shoes). To Mr. [Geb__?] I cannot say that I was ever able to recognize the body of Sue Sunn after the fire. My impression is that the fire originated in Sue Sunn's bedroom, toward the centre of the rooms and the floor on the outside of the bed is more burned than on any other part of the floor. I account for my breaking through the floor, by its having been burned, and I went through some distance. [Signature Illegible] Interpreter to prisoner by Yip South. Interpreter Yip South [illegible] Leigh CMB [illegible signature]