Beheader could be granted time outside

Almost two years after he stabbed, beheaded and carved up a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus, Vince Li may get the right to short, supervised walks around the grounds of the hospital where he is being held.

Almost two years after he stabbed, beheaded and carved up a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus, Vince Li may get the right to short, supervised walks around the grounds of the hospital where he is being held.

Li is responding well to treatment inside the locked wing of the Selkirk Mental Heath Centre and should be allowed brief walks outside, Dr. Steven Kremer, Li’s psychiatrist, told the Manitoba Review Board yesterday.

Li would be supervised by two people at all times on the unsecured grounds, and the walks would be no more than 15 minutes long at first, Kremer said.

But the Crown and victim Tim McLean’s family are opposed to the move.

“I struggle to get through a day without crying over the details of my son’s death,” McLean’s mother Carol DeDelley wrote in a victim impact statement.

“I don’t want to be here speaking to the review board. I feel I have to be.”

McLean, a 22-year-old carnival worker, was heading home to Winnipeg from Edmonton when he was attacked.

Bruce Martin, the man who drove the bus on the night of the attack and only recently returned to regular duties, told the board his only relief is knowing Li is “under lock and key.”

The board is expected to make a decision by the end of the week.

Li was found not criminally responsible for the slaying due to untreated schizophrenia, and ordered to stay in the secure wing of the Selkirk centre, subject to annual reviews by the board.