Greyhound Bus Beheader Vince Li "Fit to Stand Trial" as Mom Calls for "Tim's Law"
Carol DeDelley, mother of Tim McLean, 22, publicly and callously butchered on a Greyhound bus on its way to Manitoba, allegedly by drifter Vincent Li, 40. Li was found fit to stand trial last week, accused of Second Degree Murder, as the victims mother called for Tim's Law, vowing that her son's killer will "never walk free again". Li has waived hi sright to a preliminary hearing and his defence will be based on reports into in emotional state, it has been revealed.
WINNIPEG - She's calling it "Tim's Law" - a tribute to her slain son in the form of proposed legislation that would dramatically change the way the most dangerous among us are dealt with.
No second chances. No glimmer of hope. No parole. And, in extreme cases like that of her slain son, Tim McLean, an eye for an eye.
"I believe that if you voluntarily take an innocent life like what was done here, you should forfeit your own," Carol deDelley told the Free Press during an extensive interview Thursday. She believes in cases where there is absolutely "no doubt" about guilt that a murderer should either be executed or, at the very least, given life with no chance of parole.Carol deDelley talks about her son Tim McLean in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday. McLean was allegedly stabbed and beheaded by Vincent Li on board a Greyhound bus near Portage La Prarie, Man. Sept. 21, 2008. Li has been declared fit to stand trial. Mike Deal/Winnipeg Free Press -->.. Email to a friendPrinter friendly Font:
She bristles every time she thinks about how her son died on board a Greyhound bus in July, but says it's important the public doesn't forget just how sadistic the killing was.
McLean, 22, was asleep on the bus when he was attacked, stabbed to death, decapitated and mutilated.
"The only thing I'm grateful for is that my son was decapitated first. How sad is that? But at least his soul was gone at that point and he didn't suffer. What a thing to be grateful for," said deDelley.
She says it's outrageous her son's alleged killer will have the chance to taste freedom again and is angry there are no provisions in Canadian law that ensure the most dangerous criminals are guaranteed to be locked up forever or given the ultimate penalty, death. She wants that to change - and is calling for the same public support which surrounded the family following McLean's death.
"Under no circumstances do I ever want this man walking free in public again. This shouldn't be acceptable to anyone," said deDelley. "I don't want to see any other family to go through this again."
Vincent Li, 40, is charged with second-degree murder for the attack which occurred on the Trans-Canada Highway near Portage la Prairie and made headlines around the world. Earlier this week, lawyers said Li's mental health has improved and he is now fit to stand trial.
No date has been set, but he has agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.
The trial is expected to consist of several medical experts testifying about his emotional state.
"I'm not happy with any of the potential outcomes," said deDelley.