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1892/116 Regina vs. Ah Maw – murder, Cassiar

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Regina vs Ah Maw

Murder of Ah Hing

Yip Sin a chinaman being duly sworn upon oath saith: the same night Ah Hing's house burned about six o'clock Ah Hing left my house to go home. He lived about one mile from me he said that he would go home and start a fire for everything would get froze. About eleven o'clock same night Lee Loon came down and halloed to me I sent my partner to the door to ask him what he wanted he asked me if Ah Hing had come down to my house or not. I told him that Ah Hing was not there. I told him to go to Ah Shin's house and see if he was there. About a quarter of an hour Lee Loon came back and halloed me again. I asked him if he find Ah Hing he say no find him. When Lee Loon came back I asked I sent two boys with him to Ah Hing's and about two hours after they come back I asked them if they see Ah Hing or not they no then Ah Shin's partner come up and went up to Ah Hing's house the next morning I went up to Mr Metcalfe and then I went down to Ah Hing's house with Mr. Metcalfe. Mr. Metcalfe showed me the remains of Ah Hing I asked Ah Maw who killed Ah Hing he told me he don't know

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 46 File 1892/116 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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