"Greyhound Bus Beheader" Vince Li Moved to Locked Psychiatric Unit as Defence Lawyer Hired
Alleged Greyhound Bus Beheader Vince Li has agreed to representation by a defence lawyer on a day in which it has been further revealed that the 41-year old Chinese immigrant has been moved into a locked-up psychiatric facility for further psychological assessment to determine whether Mr. Li is fit to stand trial..
It has been revealed that Li used to live in Vancouver for some time before moving east. He arrived in the country on June 11, 2001 at the Vancouver International Airport as a permanent resident with a computer programming job already lined up. He was joined by his wife and had no prior criminal record.
The couple lived in B.C. for some time before eventually heading to Winnipeg, where Li worked as a forklift operator at a city food distribution plant. His wife worked at several Chinese restaurants.
McLean was attacked and killed without any warning or provocation while on the Greyhound near Portage la Prairie, Man., about 80 kilometres west of Winnipeg. The bizarre nature of the incident made headlines around the world.
At the time of his death, Tim McLean was on his way home to Manitoba after working as a summer carnival worker at Edmonton's Capital Ex, and was planning to then work at Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition.
But he loved working at the PNE so much, he planned to move to Vancouver this summer, his friend Teisha Ryley told The Vancouver Sun.
Defence lawyer Alan Libman confirmed Monday he expects to act on behalf of Li, who made it clear during his last court appearance that he didn't want any legal help.
On that day, another lawyer had tried to speak with Li, but told the judge his attempts had failed. Li continued to communicate only through grunts and shakes of his head, except to quickly say, "Please kill me," before a packed courtroom gallery.
Libman wouldn't comment on an specific dealings with Li, or what changed the situation. Libman said his employer, Legal Aid Manitoba, wasn't going to turn its back on Li after his initial rejection of help.
"Not in a situation like this," he said.
Libman said he hasn't spoken with Li's wife, Anna, and doesn't know if she has returned to Winnipeg to meet with her husband.
Libman was asked if he planned to make a bail application for Li.
"Absolutely not," he said.
An issue in this case is expected to be whether Li can be found criminally responsible for McLean's slaying. If not, he would be moved to a mental-health facility for an indeterminate period of time.