Bus beheader seeks more freedom

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Vince Li

WINNIPEG – The man who beheaded a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba has changed his name and is seeking more freedom.

Vince Li has appeared before a Criminal Code Review Board under the new name of Will Baker.

He is asking that he be allowed to move out of a group home to live independently, which would still see him supervised daily.

A decision is expected by the end of the week.

Baker killed Tim McLean during a bus trip on the TransCanada Highway near Portage la Prairie in July 2008.

He was later found to be not criminally responsible for the murder due to mental illness — schizophrenia.

Baker was originally kept at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre, but has won increasing freedoms, starting with supervised walks on the hospital grounds and, later, escorted trips to nearby communities.

He won the right to live in a group home last year.

The review board heard from Baker’s medical team Monday that he has been a model patient and has always taken his medication.

Crown attorney Brian Sharpe did not object to the request and said Baker would continue to be monitored “for the foreseeable future.”

The review board holds a hearing every year to assess Baker’s treatment and restrictions.

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