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 cannot say where prisoner was arrested. I asked him what time he left the house, and who he left in the house and he replied as above stated. I ask him through the interpreter and after I had given him the caution.
I searched the prisoner's room also the two rooms next to his on the same floor, at the time the search was made: -
When the search was made there was other clothing found but belonging to other men. [illegible]
Upon that part of the evidence which I spoke of the cleanliness of the socks being read to the prisoner he said that he had worn them for 3 weeks: --
I hereby certify that after having been duly sworn in as interpreter, I interpreted the above evidence to the prisioner Ah Keong.
[?] Interpreter Dec. 16 1879