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1908/7 Rex vs. Ung Wing – shooting with intent 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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Q . You are a police officer? A. Yes Sir. 3. And you were a Police Officer on the 12th February? A. Yes sir. Q Now, were you on duty on the morning of that day? A. Yes Q. That is a week ago Wednesday, ---- I want you to tell the Court where you were about 6:00 o'clock in the morning, and what occurred? Mr. Mcleod? Mr. J:Well, I suggest. Your Honour, that my learned friend should not lead. And he should not ask the witness those questions. Court:- You have no right to lead, — I want the evidence repeated to the defendant, — I think that he has a right to know what is said in this case. Witness:- I was on duty South of Chinatown. Q. About what place? A. Along the railroad track. Q. What railroad track? A. Well, it would be pretty near straight back of the B.C. Electric Office. About 4:00 o'clock, shortly after 4:00 o'clock on that morning I was along. BC Archives GR-0419 Box 124 File 1908/7 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.

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