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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Ah Keong (the prisoner) Ah Jongs, Ah Ying, Chok Youn, Lue [?] and myself ( Ah Chue). I didn't know the name of the dead man but he made 10. I left somewhere about 12 o'clock all the party left. All the men left except Ah Keong the prisoner and the 2 women left leaving Sue Sunn.
The old man ( the servant) did not go away, but remained.
The prisoner gave the party that night.
When I left the house I went home. I sleep at Chan Foons house upstairs, and Ah Tongs and the prisoner Ah Keong occupy the same room but this night the Tuesday night the prisoner did not come home.
The prisoner came home on Wednesday about nine o'clock. I saw him when he came home I ask him if he had his breakfast he said yes. I said what's the matter with you? and he said nothing. I said have you killed chickens and he said nothing.
I went downstairs and went to [?] Lees.