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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A Well, you had better make it more plain-you can shut off the trychea, then you have strangulation. Q Now in performing your autopsy, how was the man's flesh around the neck ? What condition was it in ? A It was contused. Q On which side of the median line was the most contused ? A On the left . Q How many contusions there-one? A Yes. Q One? A Yes. Q. How many on the right ? A One . Q One on the right and one on the left ? A Yes. Q On which side was it more marked ? A. More marked on the left than on the right. Q In case of one using his whole hand then there would be more than one mark on the left side of the neck-or on the right side of the neck in case he used his left hand ? A. i don't think so; that don' t follow. Q Speaking of the tongue, you said the tongue had been bitten .A I did'nt say bitten. It was scarred an inch from the tip on the left side. Q That you claim was done before death ? A I think so . Q Was the tongue protruding from his mouth when you saw him? A It was not. Q How do you account for this scar on the tongue ? A Well ordinarily scars would be inflicted on the tongue on the day of death. Q What size was the scar.? A Perhaps about that size (indlecating),about half an inch or so. BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 95 File 1903/18 Attorney General documents.