05/14/2013 06:48 EDT | Updated 07/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Manitoba MP Pans Proposed Vince Li Privileges


A Conservative member of Parliament says granting new privileges to Vince Li would be an insult to the family of Li's victim.

Li was found not criminally responsible for beheading a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in 2008 near Portage La Prairie, Man.

He has been kept in a psychiatric hospital since, but was granted escorted day trips into nearby Selkirk last year.

Now, Li's treatment team is asking a Criminal Code review board to grant him more escorted trips — to Lockport and Winnipeg — as well as unescorted walks on the hospital grounds.

The Crown is not opposed to the idea and the review board is expected to make its decision within a week.

Conservative MP James Bezan, who represents the Selkirk area, says the review board should put victims before perpetrators.

"It is an insult to the family of Mr. Li's victim, Tim McLean," Bezan wrote in a statement Tuesday.

Li was an undiagnosed schizophrenic at the time of the attack.

His psychiatrist said Monday that Li has taken his medication regularly, has had no problems with staff or other patients, and no longer suffers hallucinations.

Li and McLean were strangers in July 2008 when Li sat down next to the 22-year-old carnival worker, who was riding a bus to Winnipeg from Edmonton. McLean had his eyes closed and was listening to music on his headphones when Li suddenly stood up and started stabbing him.

The bus stopped and horrified passengers fled as Li carved up McLean's body and ate portions of it.

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