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1903/44 Rex vs. Ki Chung – attempt to murder

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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BC Archives G-0419

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Indictable Offences (S) Section 590. Deposition of a Witness CANADA: PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA County of Kootenay The deposition of Singh taken before the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace for the said County of Kootenay this 10th day of February, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and three, at Revelstoke [?] [?], in the presence and hearing of Ki Chung who stands charged that He did commit an assault with intent to murder an Wang Depp Chong at Clan William on Saturday January 23d 1903 by cutting him the aforesaid Wang Depp Chong with an axe on the head and other injuries to him did do

The said deponent saith on his Oath as follows: Saw Plaintiff and defendant at Clan William Saw Ki Chung cut Wang Depp Chong with Hatchet it was about half past six PM I swear that Hatchet marked Exhibit A is what he struck plaintiff with heard no row or quarrelling between them they were in sleeping car at time Defendant was in his Bunk on bed as Plaintiff was passing Defendant struck him and Knocked him down two or three men carried Plaintiff out of bar W.E. McLauchlin JP his mark X Singh

BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 97 File 1903/44 Attorney General documents.

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