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1903/18 Rex vs. D.L. Ray and Wing Wo – murder (Trail)

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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Information and Complaint

Canada Province of British Columbia County of Kootenay

The information and complaint of William John Devitt of the City of Trail, taken this nineteenth day of February, in the year of Our Lord on thousand nine hundred and three, before the undersigned one of His Majesty's Police Magistrates in and for the said City of Trail, who saith that D.C. Ray, Chinaman, murdered Lee Sing, Chinaman, at the laundry or wash-house of one Wing Wo, situate on Boundary Street, Trail, on the seventeenth day of February, instant, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and three.

Sworn before me the day and year first above mentioned, at Trail.

(Sgd.) Noble Binns

Police Magistrate

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 95 File 1903/18 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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