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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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Q And than how many chinamen do you think would be in F00 Long's, place? A In the afternoon? Q Yes,in the afternoon? A. I should Judge there were six or seven. Q. What were they all doing? A.. There were two or three of them, lying asleep or kind of half asleep, smoking a pipe, and this chinaman . Q. The accused? A. Yes, was stanidng kind of corner-ways , with the table where he could look down the street, eating and I came in there, kind of quiet, and I came on them all of a sudden. And when I went inside of the door he kind of turned like that. So I could not see his face. Q That is he turned his back to you. .A. Yes. sir, he was. sideways and he tunred his back to me. And I said Mr Waddell, — and I looked at the chinaman on this side, and that side, and I said Mr J. objected. Argument. Q. Court: Could the accused hear? A. Yes, I was then up close to him. Q And will you tell what conversation you had, and everything? Everything that occurred? And you can now tell what you said to Mr. Waddell, and all? A. And I said, They are not the men, the chinamen, I know them." And I looked at those of the other side, and I said, "They are not the men, for I know them too." And I said, "this must be him". And I turned him around. And I said, "that is the man". And I took out my hand-cuffs and put them on him. Q. And what did the accused have to say? A. I asked the accused where he came from, and he said he was working ---- Q Mr. J:- And do you speak Chinese? A. I spoke in English,

BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 124 File 1908/7 Attorney General documents.

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