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1897/6 Regina vs. Song Mun – attempted rape (New Westminster)

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he came from Dr. Lou's place; he knocked at the door and came in; he said "you washing?" I said "yes" he then talked bad to me; I scolded him; he touched me and caught hold of me by the shoulder; I scolded him and told him to go out; he went out but I do not know where; I went on washing and then did my housework; I went to the store about 1 o'clock; Lee Sing was there and I told him what Song Mun said and did to me; he was very angry; about 6 o'clock I went back to the house; I lit the fire and made up my bedroom; Son Mun came again about half past six; he asked me if my husband was home or not; I said he would be back at 8 o'clock; after a while he went into my bedroom and asked me to have connection with him; I told him I was not willing; he wanted to try to throw me down; he caught my arm and pulled me into the bedroom; he threw me with my back against the table and pulled my clothes off; he wanted me to sleep with him; Song Mun did not take off his clothes; he heard a noise of some people coming to the gate; he ran away; I stayed in my bedroom crying; my husband came about 9 o'clock; I told him about it; on Wednesday the 17th I was at the store and went home about 6 o'clock; I lit the lamp and made the fires; Song Mun came into my house by the back door; he was dressed in Chinese clothes; he asked me if I were cooking something; I said yes; he asked; he asked me if Lee Sing had come yet; I said "no, he has something to do in the store and will be back about 9 o'clock;" he took hold of me by the shoulder and asked me to go into the bedroom; I did not want to go; I told him to go into the parlour and sit there; he asked me to go with him but I did not want to; he drew his hunting knife and scared me; he threw me against the table;

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 68 File 1897/6 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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