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Canadian Bus Killer on Suicide Watch

by Gopalan on August 5, 2008 at 10:42 PM
Canadian Bus Killer on Suicide Watch

Vincent Weiguang Li, the man who decapitated a fellow bus passenger in Canada last week, is on suicide watch.

The 40-year-old man†is being held at a pre-trial detention centre in Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of Manitoba province in the prairie region of western Canada.

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It isn't yet clear when Li will next appear in court. The judge in Portage La Prairie has given Li time to speak with a legal aid lawyer, reports said.

Prosecutors have requested that a psychiatric evaluation be ordered for Li, who is charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Tim McLean.

(First degree is invoked mostly in cases of pre-meditated attack. Since Li's victim was a total stranger, the man is being charged only with second degree murder, however brutal the killing might have been.)
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Li had migrated to Canada only four years ago along with his wife. People who seem to know him say the level of violence seen aboard a Greyhound bus last Wednesday is not something they would have ever expected from him.

Li had worked menial jobs at the Grant Memorial church in Winnipeg for six months to support his wife, Anna.

Pastor Tom Castor, who employed Li, said he seemed happy to have a job and was committed to doing it well, despite a language barrier with other congregation members.

"I think he would occasionally feel frustrated with not being able to communicate or understand," Castor told CTV Winnipeg. "But we have a very patient staff and he seemed to respond well."

Castor also said Li did not show any signs of anger issues or any other trouble before he quit in the spring of 2005 and moved to Edmonton.

However, there are suggestions that he had been showing evidence of mental health troubles in the period leading up to the attack.

The Grant church's congregation has offered to support Li's wife who, Castor said, is in shock and afraid for her future in Canada.

They have also prayed for the family of the 20-yer-old McLean, who was viciously murdered on the bus as it travelled near Portage La Prairie,Manitoba.

During a court appearance on Friday, Li didn't enter a plea to the charge. He didn't reply when questioned about whether he was going to get a lawyer and only nodded slightly when asked if he was exercising his right not to speak.

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