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. That extended lengthwise on the tongue, did it ? A This way (indicating}, Q . Upper or lower portion ? A. From the tip towards the bottom of the tongue. Q On the side ? .A Well, yes. Q. As though it had been cut that way ? A. It looked that way, I don't say such is the case. Q. It looked more like dental contusion than anything else ? A. Yes; that's the idea; it looked that way. Q What shape were those marks or contusions ? A.Which ones, now, Mr Gillan ? Q You speak of the contusions; you have already described the scars. A You mean the condition of the tongue, or on the neck around the thyroid, do you mean. Q Yes. A. Well, it was most marked on the left side, behind the left horn of the thyroid. Q. Most marked behind on the left side? A. Yes; and it covered quite an area, perhaps about an inch and a quarter or an inch and a half in diameter. Put it an inch and a quarter on the left side. On the right side it was not so marked. Q There was not so much on the right as it was on the left ? A No. Q You've seen convulsions, have you ? A.Yes. Q. This man could'nt have died of convulsion ? A. You could hardly expect thyroid convulsion. Q You think it would'nt have been done in any way by convulsion? A. No. Q. His marks on the tongue speak more strongly upon that, does it not ? BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 95 File 1903/18 Attorney General documents.