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1901/15 Rex vs. Wong Sing et al., murder

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then went back to the house. They were not very behind them, not very far. I was on the street in front of them, Chung Lungs when I saw them. They were towards the river on this side of ----Chung Lungs house (the side nearest to the Court house) I was standing near the electric light post. I was standing alone and quite a number of men stood a short distance from me. I heard somebody shouting and when I got inside I saw the fighting. Leung Wah, Sing Dick and Lee Hung were fighting in the flat besides Thorn Ching Lungs. They were chasing Lee Hung. I did not see them fighting, only chasing him. I was on the street then and saw them chasing him below the electric light post, I saw them run down between the two houses. Lots of people stood round but only the three ran between the two houses. I don't know what way they ran after they went between the two houses. I saw that. The three of them were running when I saw them between seven and eight. I am sure it was not later. It was not very bright nor very dark. There was no electric light burning. There was a little moon. After they passed between the two houses, I saw no more of them. I heard after that that he was killed. After I saw Lee Hung going down between the houses I never saw him again. I never told anyone. I never saw him since I saw Lung Wah and Sing Dick between eleven and twelve o'clock in my room, the place I sleep. I saw the two of them. They were in the room before I went in. They were there between eleven and twelve o'clock. I walked around the store after eight o'clock till that time. I did not ask anybody what happened after I saw them run between the houses. I did not ask anybody about them or the fight. I just walked around most of the time in Lin Kees house. Sing Dick and Leung Wah came in after eleven o'clock. They were in the room since. No one else with them. I went into the room, I did not go to bed. I just walked into the room. They were talking when I walked in, they said Wong Sing and Low Chee were no good send Leung Wah and Sing Dick. The man is killed and what will we do. Sing Dick said "alright a few days

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 87 File 1901/15 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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