Friday, June 3, 2011

Vincent Li, bus beheader, can stay out of locked ward longer -- why do we reward criminals?

Vincent Li, the man who beheaded a traveller sitting next to him on a Greyhound bus in 2008, will be allowed more time outdoors at his Manitoba mental health facility, a review board has ruled.

Last year, Li was granted the right to take escorted walks around the Selkirk Mental Health Centre after he responded to treatment.

They were limited to two hours; he'll now enjoy up to 12 hours a day on the unfenced grounds.

As well, Li's supervision will be reduced to one minder from three, the the Criminal Review Board of Manitoba decided Thursday in Winnipeg.

However, Li won't be allowed off the grounds of the facility, the board ruled.

Li was found not criminally responsible for the gruesome killing of Tim McLean, 22, a carnival worker, aboard a Greyhound bus near Portage la Prairie, Man., in 2008.

The judge found Li was an untreated schizophrenic who heard voices telling him to kill McLean, a man he had never met who happened to be sitting beside him. (read more)