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1914/40 Rex vs. Chong Ching – carnal knowledge

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. While you were doing that did you see the accused?

A. No, Sir.

A. Did you see him after you had done on the same day ?

A. Yes.

Q. What were you doing when you saw him ?

A. Sitting down .

Q. How close did he come to you ?

A. Right close to us.

Q. What did he do ?

A. He pushed us over.

Q. Who do you mean by us ?

A. Me and May

Q. What did he do then ?

A. Lifted up our clothes.

Q. How close together were you and May ?

A. Quite close together.

Q. What did he do after he pushed you over ?

A. He unfastened his pants.

Q. After he unfastened his pants what did he do then ?

A. Then he pushed his cock into me.

Q. Who did he lie on top of first?

A. May.

Q. How long did he stop there ?

A. Not long.

Q. And after May what did he do then ?

A. Got on top of me.

The accused was asked through the Interpreter if he had any questions to ask the Witness, and the Interpreter said the accused had some questions to ask.

Mr. Hamilton asked what the questions were, and the Interpreter then said the accused did not wish to ask any questions.

BC Archives GR-0419 Box 184 File 1914/40 / BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. / Attorney General documents.

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