Psychiatrist pitches unsupervised Selkirk visits for Vince Li
Three new measures proposed by psychiatrist to be decided on by Manitoba Review Board
The Manitoba Review Board is looking over three potential changes in mental hospital privileges for Vince Li, the man found not criminally responsible for beheading a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in 2008.
The board heard from Li's treating psychiatrist Monday afternoon at a Winnipeg courthouse.
Li has been a patient at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre since he was found not criminally responsible in the death of Tim McLean aboard a Greyhound bus near Portage la Prairie, Man., in July 2008.
Li had undiagnosed schizophrenia at the time of the incident, in which he stabbed McLean and ate parts of his body.
On Monday, the board heard from Li’s treating psychiatrist who recommended unsupervised passes to Selkirk for Li, as well as moving him from a locked ward to an unlocked ward.
The psychiatrist also recommended he should get decreased supervision when he visits Winnipeg.
The Crown said they had no opposition to the three changes suggested by the psychiatrist, and they indicated Li is a low risk to re-offend. He has also done everything asked of him throughout his treatment.
Li sat and listened during the hearing, wearing black dress pants and a leather jacket.
According to his psychiatrist, Li is getting along well with staff and patients at Selkirk Mental Health Centre. Further, he has not experienced any delusions or paranoid thoughts.
The Manitoba Review Board said they would make a decision on the three recommendations within about a week.
Victim's mother not happy
“The crux of the problem is that in Canada, there is no legal mechanism in place that would require this individual or any others like him to continue treatment or medications after they’re released,” she said.
McLean lobbied for legislation that would keep individuals found not criminally responsible in custody.
She abandoned her efforts in January, but she remains worried Li will not remain on his medication.
“Vince Li has some insight -– remarkable insight -- into his illness now, but insight and understanding that he requires the medication and saying that he’s going to take it –- for how long?” she said. “There’s no legal requirement.”
Gradual ramping up of freedoms for Li
The board ruled last year that Li could go on more escorted day trips from the mental-health hospital, including full-day excursions to Winnipeg and Lockport.
The board also allowed Li to be unescorted on the hospital grounds, starting at 15 minutes at a time and working up to full days.
The review board heard Li has already had more than 100 escorted passes into Selkirk and is currently being supervised at a rate of three patients to one staff member.