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Canadian bus beheader gets more freedoms

February 28, 2015

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A man who beheaded a fellow passenger aboard a Greyhound bus in Manitoba seven years ago was granted more freedoms Friday and could eventually be moved into a community group home.

A decision by the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board said Vince Li must remain in the Selkirk Mental Health Centre or at the psychiatric center at a Winnipeg hospital. He is also being allowed unsupervised visits to the Manitoba capital as long as he is carrying a cellphone.

Li, 46, has been confined to the Selkirk psychiatric institution north of Winnipeg since he was found not criminally responsible for stabbing, mutilating and beheading a carnival worker on a bus to Winnipeg in July 2008. Li sat next to 22-year-old Tim McLean after the young man smiled at him and asked how he was doing.

Li said he heard the voice of God telling him to kill Tim McLean or “die immediately.” Li repeatedly stabbed McLean, who unsuccessfully fought for his life. As passengers fled the bus, Li continued stabbing and mutilating the body before he was arrested.

During a hearing earlier this week, psychiatrists testified Li has shown profound improvement and is a low risk to reoffend.

Li’s psychiatrist, Dr. Steven Kremer, told the hearing that Li has not had any hallucinations in over a year and understands the need to take his medication.

Kremer said that if Li were transferred to a group home, staff there would ensure he continued the medication necessary to manage his schizophrenia.

The review board has gradually been giving Li more freedoms.

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