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. Instead of across this way ? A Instead of across this way. In choking, the marks that way( indicating) would be up and down instead of straight across—is that what you mean ? Q. No, no; but these marks or scars, as we understood it, they were all in a straight line across the neck somewhat like that (indicating) ? A. They were parallel, transversley I say in the median line, that is across here (indicating) four of them-about here. Q. O,I misunderstood you. That is one direct above the other ? A Yes Q On which side of the neck ? On the left side of the neck ? A No; the lower one was a little to the left side, just perhaps a trifle to the left of the median line. I don't mean from here (indicating), but just say a quarter of an inch on to the left. The others extending across to the right side on the median line. Q They were on the median line ? A Yes, yes; the lower one perhaps a little to the left. Q Slightly on the left tide of the neck ? A Yes. Q From the median line ? A Yes. Q So when standing by the bed there, following out the present theory as I understand it, he would only have his thumb left for the left side of the neck, would'nt he ? His thumb was all that could be on the left side of the neck- his fingers would naturally clutch for the other side, would they not ? A Well, the thumb would be on the left side of the neck. How would these marks get on the median line ? A Well, that depends on the man's position. He might be left handed or he might be right handed .He might approach the body this way, and so BC Archives GR-0419 Box 95 File 1903/18 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.