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Hearing set for man who killed, beheaded Greyhound passenger

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This article was published 10/3/2009 (4101 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The fate of Vince Li will be decided at a hearing June 1 before the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board.

Li was found not criminally responsible last week in the slaying of Tim McLean last summer on a Greyhound bus near Portage la Prairie.

Vince Li, seen at a court date in August 2008.

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Vince Li, seen at a court date in August 2008.

Bev Scharikow, administrator of the review board, said the board members will review the evidence and decide where Li will be sent for treatment.

Li brutally stabbed McLean as he slept on the Greyhound bus, then later decapitated him and cannibalized him.

Court was told last week that Li is a schizophrenic who thought the voice of God told him to kill McLean.

Scharikow said the hearing will be held in a court room at the downtown Law Courts complex on Kennedy Street. The hearing will be open to the public.

Scharikow said Li will appear before a board hearing every year, where it will determine if he needs to remain institutionalized or if he is well enough to be released.

The evidence put before the board for its consideration is expected to include police reports, victim impact statements and psychiatric assessments, which say Li is a risk to himself and others.

Observers believe that the board will conclude Li must be sent to a secure psychiatric facility, either at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre or the forensic services unit at the Health Sciences Centre.

Manitoba’s review board has 81 patients under its jurisdiction. Of those, 16 were accused of murder and one was accused of manslaughter.

The nine members of the board include three lawyers, five psychiatrists and one lay member.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca
 

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