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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Q. But you identified the body of the deceased with that of the man you visited ? A. O yes. Q The man you visited and the man you held the autopsy on was the same man ? A. Yes. Q. Were you ever called upon to visit him except on the occasion you speak of ? A. Well, not to my knowledge-they all look alike-but to my knowledge I saw him but twice, once professionally and the other time he was dead. Q Twice in the capacity of a physician ? A. I may have seen him at other times; I can't say for certain Q Were you asked to attend him at the instance of the Chinamen, or his master, guardian ? A. Well, I believe I attended him; at your request, Mr. Devitt. Q. That's all. Cross examination. (By Mr. Gillan.) Q. You are the Medical Health Officer here ? A. Yes. Q And as such it is your duty to attend all sick in town that have no money, when you are called on ? A. Yes. 14. How long since you saw this man first professionally ? A. Since I saw him first professionally ? Q Yes? A.Well, it was the time I made the diagnosis of consumption, approximately two months. As I say I may have seen him before professionally, but not that I recollect. Q. But I mean when you visited him ? A. Two months approximately, more or less. Q. Where was he then ? BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 95 File 1903/18 Attorney General documents.