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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Well. I asked him where he was working, and he said he was going about six miles away. Court:- Did you warn him' A. I did not sir. Mr. K:- Mr. Jordan is not an officer of the Law. Witness:- So, I have been a Constable there, but I was not sworn at that time. Court:WelL, he is the man that put the hand-cuffs on him? ARGUMENT BY MR KENNNEDY. Court: I an inclined to think that it is not admissible. Q. Now, this Foo Long's house, is it right in the quarter where the Chinese live? A. There is one Chinese house along side of him. It is not in Chinatown at all. Q. Then do I understant that you keep the Chinese houses in Ladner----? A. Yes, regular Chinese house. Regular Chinese town. Q. Are they in the same end of the town or in the opposite end of the town? A. In the opposite end of the twon. CROSS EXAMINATION BY MR JONES. NO QUESTIONS.
DETECTIVE, A. WADDEL , CALLED AND SWORN DIRECT EXAMINATION BY MR KENNEDY. BC Archives GR-0419 Box 124 File 1908/7 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Attorney General documents.