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 reason ask'd him if he killed chicken was because I saw he had a little red on his left cheek near his mouth. I don't know whether it was blood or not. When I came down stairs, the said red spot was still on the prisoners face.
I have known the prisoner for about 3 or 4 months I dont know if he has plenty of money.
On the night of the supper I think Sue Sunn wore ear rings.
The red I saw on Ah Keong s face was very small about the size of your little finger nail, that 's all the red I saw.
Prisoner slept at my house some nights and some nights at other persons homes.
The little red spot was below his nose (on the cheek) and above the line of his mouth (pointing with his finger).
I think the prisoner was dressed the same as he is now when he came home.
I don't know what kind of pants he had on when he came home.
He had big boots on, on the night of the supper.