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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and searched the room thoroughly, and I could find nothing belonging to the prisoner in the way of his clothing.
When the prisoner was searched on his coming [?] he had on a woollen undershirt, a pair of Chinese cotton socks, and I saw the tops of his drawers over his pants.
His socks were perfectly unsoiled, and his boots which were about half worn, [?] appeared to be greatly too large for him.
The said boots looked to me as if they had been standing away for some time unused as they were hard and dry.
When I first saw the body of the man it was quite warm and bleeding, and it seemed to me as if it had been very recently murdered. The body was hauled out of the house just before I got there.
After the prisoner was arrested I cautioned him( through an interpreter) and before I had any conversation with him that anything he might say might be taken down and used in evidence against him, that he need not make any statement unless he liked; and the statement he made was that he slept with woman Sue Sunn the (woman who was murdered) that night and that he left the house at 5 o'clock that morning and went home to his own house and went to bed and that there were in the house when he left to go home Sue Sunn and Fong Pap. The name of the interpreter above referred to is Kuen Shuong.