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Man Who Beheaded, Cannibalized Fellow Bus Passenger May Be Granted More Freedom

A man who beheaded and cannibalized a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in 2008 may soon be granted unescorted day trips outside of the mental hospital where he is currently committed.

A psychiatrist is asking a Criminal Code Review Board to let Vince Li, 46, have more freedom.

"From a clinical perspective, he has progressed excellently," Dr. Steven Kremer said at a hearing Monday.

Li, once diagnosed with schizophrenia, is reportedly no longer suffering from delusions and is considered non-violent. 

"Our overall goal is to eventually have Mr. Li reintegrate into the community,” Kremer said.

Li was found not criminally responsible for stabbing, beheading, and eating Tim McLean in July 2008.

McLean didn’t know Li. He was simply sitting next to him on a bus ride from Edmonton to Winnipeg. Unprovoked, Li attacked him.

Li claimed he heard voices telling him to kill.

Since he was placed in Selkirk Mental Health Centre he has been allowed to take escorted day trips to Winnipeg and other areas. Kremer wants to grant Li unescorted day passes into Silkirk, relocation into a ward of the hospital that is unlocked, and more relaxed supervision on his escorted trips outside the hospital.

Crown attorney Susan Helenchilde didn’t oppose the request.

"Mr. Li has done everything that has been asked of him,” she said.

The victim’s mother, Carol de Delley, says Li doesn’t deserve any freedom, and she has fought to toughen laws on criminal responsibility.

"I don't think it should matter whether you're mentally ill or not mentally ill. If you kill someone, you should lose your freedom, period," de Delley said outside the hearing. "I'm standing out here by my damn self for six years now, and they're going to ultimately let this person free. And if he reoffends, [they'll say], 'Oh well, statistically it shouldn't happen'. But guess what? It does, and it does and it does."

She founded a website where she tracks cases of people found not criminally responsible who reoffend.

Sources: Toronto Star, CTV News


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