1879/31 Regina vs. Chang New – robbery
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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British Columbia To [?] The [?Service] for our lady the Queen upon their oath present that Chang [?] did at the house of one Lee Fook in [?] of Victoria Prov of BC on the third day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine feloniously make an assault [?in] and upon one Choo Kook and her [?] [?] Choo Kook did then feloniously put m[?]bodily fear and[?] danger of her life and did then feloniously and violently steal take and carry away one gold pin of the property of the said Choo Kook from the person of the said Choo Kook and against the will of the said Choo Kook (and that the said Chang knew immediately after he robbed the said Choo Kook as afore said[?] did feloniously use personal violence to one Lee Fook) ap[?] with [?] [?] [?]
BC Archives GR-0419 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. / ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Box 18 File 1879/31 / Attorney General documents.