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article imageMan who beheaded Greyhound bus passenger to get more freedom

By Arthur Weinreb     May 18, 2013 in Crime
Winnipeg - The Manitoba Review Board has decided Vincent Li will not only get unescorted passes to walk the grounds of the hospital he is confined to but escorted passes to go to the beach.
The four members of the Manitoba Review Board rendered their decision yesterday. The Board ordered Li to continue to be confined to the forensic ward of the Selkirk Mental Health Centre in Selkirk, Manitoba and to continue to take his medication. But he will now be able to walk around the hospital grounds unescorted. The walks will begin with a duration of 15 minutes and the time will gradually be increased so he will be able to be outside the entire day.
In addition to these walks, Li will be eligible for escorted passes to travel to Winnipeg and Lockport where there are beaches. These changes to his confinement will begin on May 24.
The Board said they considered both the protection of the public from dangerous people and Li's successful integration back into society in arriving at their decision.
In July 2008, Li was on a Greyhound bus travelling between Winnipeg and Edmonton. Just outside Portage La Prairie, Li took out a large knife and began stabbing fellow passenger Tim McLean, 22. The two men were not known to each other and the attack was unprovoked.
The driver stopped the bus, let all the other passengers leave, and then closed the door leaving Li alone with his victim. When the RCMP arrived, officers just stood around watching. Li decapitated McLean, and then carried his head and dropped it near the bus's door.
Li was arrested and charged with murder. In March 2009, he was found not criminally responsible in the death of McLean. The court found he suffered from schizophrenia and was experiencing hallucinations at the time of the killing.
Carol DeDelley, McLean's mother, has always wanted Li to be locked up for life. She said, "I just believe that (Li) should remain where he can get the care and treatment he requires and we can all feel safe."
And James Bezan, the MP for Selkirk-Interlake where the hospital is located, was disappointed. He called the granting of more freedom to Li an insult to McLean's family.
As Digital Journal reported, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act was introduced in Parliament in February. It would require review boards to make protection of the public the paramount concern in its decisions and allow victims and their families to have a say in whether a person found not criminally responsible should be released or granted greater freedom.
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