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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A On Dupont street back of Wing Mow's store. Q, I guess we can find that-----how far away do you live from where the accused lived? A. Oh.It is quite a distance to the place, called the Old Opera House in the Armstrong Building. Q When did the accused, do you know go from Vancouver? A. I think it is on the 13th that he left there. Q Did you go with Detective Waddell out to Ladner? A. Yes, I did Saturday. Q. How long have you known the accused? A. I knew him a little before New Year. Just a little over a month. Q. Mr. J: Does that mean Chinese New Year? Mr. K. What does the accused do? A. I do not know, he has not much work now. I do not know what he did before. CROSS EXAMINATION BY MR JONES. NOTHING. Mr K:- That is the case, Your Honour. DEFENCE BC Archives GR-0419 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 124 File 1908/7 Attorney General documents.