“One Day at a Time.” says Carol DeDelley

The mother of Tim McLean, who was stabbed and decapitated on a Greyhound bus last year, said she’ll get through the upcoming trial “one day at a time.”

McLean’s mother Carol DeDelley said she’s been through many therapy sessions to deal with the difficult loss of her son last July. She described him as a “wonderful, vibrant” son who was both “friendly” and “approachable.”

“We’re going to miss him so, so much,” DeDelley said. “We already do, it only gets worse as the days go by.”

“I believe that mentality ill or not, people who commit this type of horrific murder need to be held responsible,” DeDelley said. Continue reading “One Day at a Time.” says Carol DeDelley

Pleads not guilty in canadian bus beheading

A man who stabbed, gutted and beheaded his seat mate on a Canadian bus last year pleaded not guilty Tuesday and will present psychiatric evidence in his defense.

Vince Weiguang Li, 40, faces a second-degree murder charge in the grisly case.

The 22-year-old victim, Tim McLean, had been asleep, his cheek pressed against the window of the Canadian Greyhound bus, when his assailant struck suddenly near dusk, stabbing him repeatedly in the chest with a “big Rambo knife,” according to witnesses.

The other 34 passengers and the driver were jolted by “blood-curdling screams” and fled, bracing the door on their way out to trap Li inside the bus.

Li then sawed off McLean’s head with the knife, pocketed the victim’s nose, lips and an ear, and taunted police and bystanders with the severed head, said prosecutors.

Police observed him eating pieces of his victim when they surrounded the bus on a desolate highway about 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of Winnipeg soon after the July 30 attack. He was subdued after a three hour standoff.

In court, Li reportedly appeared thinner than after his arrest eight months ago as he stood to enter a plea.

Friends and family of the victim wept, said public broadcaster CBC, as Li in a grey suit spoke in a clear, firm voice.

His trial is expected to last only three days, and only two witnesses — a psychiatrist for each side — will take the stand to testify about his mental shape, Manitoba courts spokeswoman Aimee Fortier told AFP.

The prosecution and defense agreed on a joint statement of facts, she said, thus avoiding having to recite the painful details of the gruesome crime in open court.

This leaves only one issue of whether Li should be held not criminally responsible for his actions due to mental illness and sent to a psychiatric facility for treatment, or convicted and face possible life in prison.

The prosecution’s forensic psychiatrist testified Tuesday Li is schizophrenic, and has been since about 2004.

As well, the court heard Li was suffering from auditory hallucinations on the day of the attack, that he heard God’s voice telling him to carry a knife with him at all times in order to fight evil, to board a Greyhound bus from Edmonton to Winnipeg, and to kill McLean.

Li dismembered McLean’s body, the psychiatrist said, because he feared McLean had supernatural powers and could resurrect from the dead, and so it was not enough to just kill him.

His family said McLean was on his way home to Winnipeg from a job as a carnival worker in Edmonton, western Canada, when he was attacked.

The court also heard Li left a note for his wife before leaving on the trip, asking her not to search for him and wishing her happiness.

Insane or not, Li must pay

Beheading a man is not normal. To commit such a heinous act, one would definitely have to be out of their mind because no sane person could rationalize such violence. This fact could allow Vince Li, the man who brutally decapitated and defiled a sleeping passenger on a Greyhound bus just outside Portage la Prairie in July, to get off scot-free.

Li’s defence team, headed by attorney Alan Libman, is arguing in court on Tuesday that Li is not criminally responsible for his actions as he was suffering from mental illness at the time of the offence. The lawyers are saying Li should be treated in a hospital rather than imprisoned, since they say he did not know his actions were wrong. If this argument is successful, Li will not have a criminal record and will, eventually, be released back into the community if he is deemed healthy by a mental health review board.

The fact Li could get away with murder is insanity. If, at some later point, Li is determined “healthy,” he should then be held responsible for his crime. The taxpayers will foot the bill to make him “well” again, and then the people, on behalf of Tim McLean, should demand he pay them back with life in prison. Continue reading Insane or not, Li must pay

Breaking: Greyhound Bus Killer Hears Voices

;WINNIPEG – A psychiatrist says a man who stabbed and beheaded a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus believed the voice of God was telling him to do it.

The voice told Vince Li to get on the bus and sit next to Tim McLean, Dr. Stanley Yaren told Li’s second-degree murder trial Tuesday.

“A voice from God told him Mr. McLean was a force of evil and was about to execute him,” Yaren, a witness for the Crown, told the judge hearing the case.

Li, 40, believed he had to act quickly to protect himself, Yaren said.

“In response to that, in a state of panic and fearful for his life, he carried out the acts that he did.”

But that wasn’t enough.

Li , whom Yaren diagnosed as schizophrenic, believed the 22-year-old McLean was still capable of coming back to life, so he continued to mutilate the body and scattered the parts around the bus, the psychiatrist testified.

Although he admitted his guilt to officers that night last July, Li pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. His lawyers are arguing he is not criminally responsible because he is mentally ill.

Yaren concurred.

“Mr. Li did not understand he was killing an innocent bystander. He did not understand his actions were wrong.”

An agreed statement of facts read out in a Winnipeg courtroom said Li, blood still smeared on his face from the attack, politely apologized to police when he was arrested and pleaded with officers to take his life.

“I’m sorry. I’m guilty. Please kill me.”

Yaren said Li is still psychotic and believes it’s just a matter of time before God kills him. He continues to have hallucinations and hear voices, but is on strong anti-psychotic medication.

Li is as much a victim as McLean, Yaren suggested.

“It would be in some sense easier if Mr. Li was an anti-social psychopath with a history of malicious behaviour, but he isn’t that. He is, as I’ve come to know him, a decent person. He is as much a victim of this horrendous illness … as Mr. McLean was a victim.”

The statement said Li attacked McLean “for no apparent reason” and ignored other horrified passengers as he repeatedly stabbed the young man, who unsuccessfully fought for his life.

“Tim McLean struggled and tried to escape,” Crown prosecutor Joyce Dalmyn said.

But McLean couldn’t get away because Li was blocking the aisle.

When the bus pulled over near Portage la Prairie, Man., Li was engrossed with stabbing and mutilating McLean’s body. Passengers fled the bus and stood outside.

It was then that Li tried numerous times to leave the bus. But he was locked inside and, according to the statement, returned to McLean’s body and methodically carved it up further. Police arriving on scene asked him to drop the knife and he said he “had to stay on this bus forever.”

But he eventually tried to escape out a window and was taken into custody.

Police said McLean’s body parts were found throughout the bus in plastic bags, although part of his heart and both eyes were never found and were presumed eaten by Li. He has denied that, but “there is no other possible location for those items,” said Dalmyn.

The victim’s ear, nose and tongue were found in Li’s pocket.

McLean, a carnival worker, had been returning home to Manitoba after working at a fair in Alberta. Passengers have said he was sleeping near the back of the bus and listening to music on his earphones when he was attacked.

No one who witnessed the horror was expected to testify.

McLean’s family and friends, many wearing T-shirts with his picture on them, wept as the grisly details were read out in court.

His mother, Carol deDelley, has said she wants the law changed so anyone found not criminally responsible for a crime still serves time behind bars. But legal experts say the defence is rarely used and doesn’t mean the criminal walks away scot-free.

The agreed facts also presented some of Li’s background. He was born in China in 1968 and came to Canada in 2001. He became a citizen in 2005. He graduated from a business college, but never got a job in his field.

He didn’t have many friends and was divorced in 2006. Li had “mental problems,” according to those who knew him, but they had not known him to be violent

Yaren said Li was briefly hospitalized in 2003 or 2004 after he was picked up by Ontario Provincial Police, who found him walking along a highway “following the sun” as ordered to by God.

Li’s former wife said he used to be gone for long periods of time, took unexplained bus trips and sometimes rambled. He was hospitalized briefly but never sought medical attention.

The statement outlines how Li got off the bus in Erickson, Man., where he spent the night on a park bench before boarding another bus July 30. It was as that bus neared Portage la Prairie that he moved to the back where McLean was sitting.

Before he left on his trip, court heard how he left his wife a note.

“I’m gone. Don’t look for me. I wish you were happy.”

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Tim’s Law

We are nobody…

We did not know Tim McLean. We have only seen what most others have seen. A family looking for answers. Looking for justice. Knowing that in Canada justice must seem to have been done… Knowing that to often it isn’t.

Tim’s mother is lobbying for a law. a law that may prevent others from being in her same place. Many support her, but many more don’t.

We are asking others to stand with her. To support her effort. To lobby on her family behalf. She fears her son’s killer will walk free in a very short time. With a promise to behave, he will walk amongst us. With no record of any kind. Free to harm others.

Trial Start’s Today

Tim Mclean was the young man that was murdered on a greyhound bus near port la prairie. He was minding his own business when he was savagely killed for no other reason than being in the right place at the wrong time
The family of Tim McLean is stepping up its lobbying efforts to enact legislation for victim’s protection. They refer to it as “Tim’s Law.”

Most of us never knew Tim McLean. Most of us never will. But we all know someone like Tim… While we can not prevent every tragedy. We can lessen the chance of a repeat offender. Help us lobby for Tim McLean.

The trial for his killer’s starts today