Bus beheader Vince Li poised to get more freedom
Vince Li is escorted by sheriff officers on his way to a court appearance in Portage la Prairie in this August 5, 2008 file photo. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)
WINNIPEG — A psychiatrist has recommended Greyhound bus killer Vince Li be granted greater freedoms.
Dr. Steven Kremer made the recommendation at Li's annual hearing before the Manitoba Review Board on Monday.
Kremer recommended Li be moved to an unlocked ward at Selkirk Mental Health Centre and that he be allowed unescorted passes into Selkirk. He also recommended Li be allowed to visit Winnipeg under group supervision. Li had previously been allowed to visit the city under one-to-one supervision.
Kremer said Li has responded well to treatment and understands the importance of taking his medication, and is a low-risk to re-engage in violence.
The review board is expected to render its decision within the week.
Li has been held at Selkirk Mental Health Centre since June 2009 after he was found not criminally responsible for the stabbing and decapitation of Tim McLean, 22, on a Winnipeg-bound Greyhound bus just outside of Portage la Prairie, Man., in the summer of 2008.
Carol de Delley, McLean's mother, said she was not surprised by the recommendations. She said Li should never be allowed to go free as there is no guarantee he will continue to take his medications.