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.
*Please note that archival source materials are original historical documents that have not been censored, reviewed or otherwise altered by the Royal BC Museum. Some materials may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. In addition, GR-0419 records deal with subjects such as assault, murder and abuse, which may upset some readers. The Royal BC Museum is only the custodian of archival materials; the content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Royal BC Museum.
*All transcriptions are provided by volunteers, and the accuracy of the transcriptions is not guaranteed. Please be sure to verify the information by viewing the image record, or visiting the BC Archives in person.
Q You would think it heavy pressure ? A. I think good-sized pressure. Q Was this broken? A It was broken / Q. I don't refer to the horn now but the cartilage. A. The horn that was broken was on the left side; this is the right.Q Otherwise the man was in normal condition such as you would expect a consumptive to be ? A. Well the scrotum did'nt altogether look normal. Q. What would you say produced the abnormal condition there ? A. What produced it ? A. Yes. Q Do you think strangulation would cause it ? A. I don't give that as a sign of strangulation; it occurs frequently in strangulation; it is by no means proof every way. Q Can you tell from viewing a corpse, from anything else,whether strangulation has occurred .A Well it depends-- Q (interrupting) Can you always tell a case of strangulation. A Well it depends on the case largely and the opportunity which l have. Q Is it always easy to tell a case of strangulation ? A . It is not, unless you have a fracture of a thyroid body. Q Unless it is pushed up underneath the chin, or something like that, it is then infallible. A Yes. Q Strangulation could'nt take place in any other way but shoving it up ? A. Oh yes; shove it, down. Q It must be either one way or the other.? A. Well backwards. Three ways-any way but front ways. Q. And the only way anyone can be strangled is by a fracture or shoving this thyroid around in some way ? BC Archives GR-0419 Box 95 File 1903/18 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.