The Manitoba Review Board has granted Greyhound bus killer Vince Li additional escorted day passes from the Selkirk Mental Health Centre.
In a decision issued this morning the four-member panel said Li will able to go on the escorted trips to Lockport and Winnipeg as of May 24.
The board also said has taken into consideration both the need to protect the public from dangerous persons and Li’s reintegration into society.
Li was found not criminally responsible for the beheading of Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus in July 2008 near Portage la Prairie. A judge later found Li was suffering hallucinations from untreated schizophrenia at the time of the unprovoked attack and ordered him held at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre.
The board ordered that Li continue to reside at the locked forensic ward at the Selkirk centre and continue to take his medication.
It also said based on the recommendations of his treatment team, that he begin to be allowed unsupervised hospital ground passes beginning at 15 minutes and increasing incrementally to a maximum of a full day.
He will also be allowed supervised passes to Selkirk and the Lockport area to a maximum of a full day, plus one-to-one supervised visits to Winnipeg up a maximum of a full day.
"The treatment team is of the opinion that his condition is stable and that it would be appropriate and safe for him to leave the locked ward," the board said in its order.
The board also said that security staff at the hospital will be told when each pass is to occur and its estimated duration.
Plus, for any passes off hospital grounds, the supervising staff member is to be equipped with either a two-way radio or a cell phone. Li is also to to be escorted at all times by a security officer.