Vince Li could get absolute discharge
Medical team to appear before Criminal Code Review Board Monday; have suggested increased freedom every year
The man who was found not criminally responsible for a beheading on a Greyhound bus could be given complete freedom after a Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board hearing on Monday.
He could get an "absolute discharge," depending on what his medical team has to say at his annual review hearing.
Baker has to go before the Manitoba Criminal Review Board every year, as they determine whether a person who is found not criminally responsible poses a threat to the safety of the public.
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The board's other option — if Baker is found not to be a threat to the public — is to grant an absolute discharge. He would no longer be required to attend annual reviews and or abide by conditions. Experts say NCR offenders are unlikely to reoffend.
In 2008, Baker was sitting next to McLean on a bus near Portage la Prairie when he repeatedly stabbed McLean and mutilated his body.
Will Baker's allowed to:
2016: live independently in Winnipeg, with conditions
2015: live in a halfway house in Winnipeg.
2014: moved to unlocked ward. Allowed unescorted trips into Selkirk, beginning at 30 minutes and working up.
2013: supervised visits to Winnipeg and beaches near Selkirk.
2012: short, escorted outings from hospital.
2011: Doctors say Baker could be ready for unescorted walks on hospital grounds within a year.
2010: Daily walks on hospital grounds.
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Every change to Baker's conditions seems to prompt controversy, from McLean's family rallying for a law to change NCR rules, to a law professor complaining about meddling politicians.
McLean's mother, Carol de Delley, has been outspoken in her belief that Baker should stay locked up.
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But every year the review board has granted him more and more freedom, because doctors have labelled him a "model patient" and low risk to society.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 1999 that a review board must order an absolute discharge if a person doesn't pose a significant threat to public safety.
The hearing, held in Winnipeg, begins at 1 p.m.