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

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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BC Archives G-0419

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I came back last night. I came up with Yon Hone There was a few of us. Ah Sin (or Lee Sing) myself and Lee Quin. I don't know who Lee Sing is. He is my relative, or not of the same family. He belongs to the Lee family. So does Ah Lee, so do I. I came on the same train as Lee Sing. I don't know why they got me out of gaol. I don't remember whether I told them or not that I would give evidence. I don't think I told them anything. I have talked to them about the case. They asked me if I knew anything about the case. They told me if I did not tell I would go to prison.

By Pros. When Leung Wah and Sing Dick came in that night I was in the store walking around. They went to my room, They did not say which one killed him.

Signed by the said Lee Pock Hing after having been first read over and interpreted to him, and who seemed to understand and made his mark thereto.

Lee Pock Hing his X mark. J. Lehman? J.P. Charlie Loo Fook, interpreter.

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

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