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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I examined the body and from all appearances it was quite dead.
There were several cuts on the head and the other parts of the body. I had the body removed and examined by Dr Matthews immediately.
There was also the body of Chinawoman which was removed to the goal[?] yard, and which was also examined by Dr Matthews and which I believe to be the remains of the body of Sue Sunn. And there were also some deep heavy cuts on her head and parts of her body similar to that on the man . The heaviest cut seemed to be on the left side of the head about the ear and below it.
I made inquiries as to the last person that was seen about the house and from information I received I charged the prisoner and charged him on suspicion of committing murder. I searched him after he was arrested him and about two hours after the alarm of fire, I searched him closely but there were no marks of blood about him on his person or on his clothes. There was a new purse with a 10 cent piece in it, and he had a dollar and 6 or 7 bills loose in his pants pocket. I took particular notice of his pants . They were perfectly clean as if just put on as also the rest of his clothing.
I went to prisoner's room in company with a chinaman who sleeps in the same room whose name I think is Ah Chue