Less than two years after brutally murdering Tim McLean, the Review Board in Manitoba has decided that Vincent Li is well enough to grant staff supervised hospital grounds passes. This ruling was handed down today, despite the objections of their own Attorney General office that this would be ill advised and premature.
The order requires that two staff workers accompany Li and are equipped with either a two-way radio or a cell phone. The fifteen minute walks are to be incrementally increased to one hour, twice a day.
The order makes no mention of utilizing standard readily available technology such as the ankle bracelets used for tracking people under house arrest.
Read the complete order below:
PROVINCE OF MANITOBA
IN THE MATTER OF: Part XX.1 Criminal Code of Canada
AND IN THE MATTER OF: Vince Weiguang Li
WHEREAS Vince Weiguang Li was charged that he:
on or about the 30th day of July, 2008, at or near the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, in the Province of Manitoba, did unlawfully commit second degree murder on the person of Timothy McLean;
AND WHEREAS on March 5, 2009 in the Court of Queen’s Bench, at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mr. Li was found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder;
AND WHEREAS pursuant to a Disposition made by the Review Board that came into force on June 5, 2009, Mr. Li has been detained in custody in a hospital upon conditions;
AND WHEREAS this matter coming on before the Review Board on Monday, May 31, 2010 for a Disposition Review hearing pursuant to Section 672.81(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada, in the presence of Vince Weiguang Li;
AND WHEREAS the Review Board has heard and considered all of the evidence, including the testimony of Dr. S. Kremer, treating psychiatrist, the victim impact statements filed in these proceedings and the submissions by counsel which constitutes the record of these proceedings;
AND WHEREAS the Review Board has taken into consideration the need to protect the public from dangerous persons, the present mental condition of Mr. Li, his re-integration into society and his other needs;
AND WHEREAS it is reasonable and desirable and in the interests of Mr. Li that he continue to be detained in custody in a hospital upon conditions;
THEREFORE, pursuant to Section 672.54(c) of the Criminal Code of Canada, the Review Board orders that Vince Weiguang Li is to be detained in custody in a hospital, subject to the following conditions:
1.That he reside on the locked forensic ward at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre, Selkirk, Manitoba;
2.That upon the recommendations of the treatment team, the person in charge of the hospital may grant staff supervised hospital grounds pass privileges, subject to the following provisions:
i) passes start at fifteen minutes and increase incrementally to a maximum of one hour, twice daily;
ii)the treatment team is of the opinion that his condition is stable and that it would be appropriate and safe for him to leave the locked ward;
iii)while he is away from the locked ward on any supervised hospital grounds passes, he is to be escorted at all times on a two-to-one basis by two staff members who are equipped with either a two-way radio or a cell phone;
iv)security staff at the hospital are informed when each grounds pass is to occur;
3.That if he is required to leave the hospital grounds for any reason, he is to be escorted at all times by a peace officer;
4.That he present himself before the Review Board as directed by the Chairperson thereof;
5.That he keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
TAKE NOTE that pursuant to Section 672.91 of the Criminal Code of Canada, a peace officer may arrest a person without a warrant at any place in Canada if the peace officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person has contravened or wilfully failed to comply with a disposition made by the Review Board with respect to that person or any condition of it, or is about to do so.
THIS DISPOSITION comes into force on the 7th day of June, 2010, and shall remain in force until further disposition by the Review Board.
DATED this 2nd day of June, 2010, at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
John Stefaniuk, Chairperson,
Manitoba Review Board