Greyhound suspect whispers 'please kill me'
Published Tuesday, August 5, 2008 7:26PM EDT
The man accused of fatally stabbing and beheading a 22-year-old man aboard a Greyhound bus made a court appearance Tuesday, and whispered for someone to "please kill me."
Vincent Weiguang Li, 40, appeared before Judge Michel Chartier Tuesday in Portage La Prairie, Man. but was silent for virtually all of the hour-long proceeding.
He responded to most questions by shaking his head or nodding. But when Chartier asked if he wanted to speak to a lawyer, Li shook his head no and said, "Please kill me."
There was a gasp from people in the courtroom who heard the remark.
The judge then ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Li, who is charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Tim McLean. That process will start Thursday.
As part of her submissions to secure the evaluation, Crown attorney Joyce Dalmyn revealed new details about the gruesome murder. According to a police report, officers found a plastic bag containing an ear, nose and part of mouth in the pocket of the accused.
Dalmyn also said that when officers confronted Li, he would only say: "I have to stay on the bus forever."
The attack occurred last Wednesday evening outside Portage La Prairie, which is located about 80 kilometres west of Winnipeg. Without any apparent provocation, Li allegedly began stabbing McLean, who had reportedly been dozing. Terrified passengers poured off the bus.
The accused then allegedly decapitated McLean and paraded around the bus with his head. Li is also accused of consuming parts of McLean's body during his subsequent four-hour standoff with police.
None of the allegations against Li have been proven in court and he still has not entered a plea to the charge against him. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 8.
McLean's family and friends are shattered by the violent death suffered by their loved one.
People who knew Li, who was married and who came to Canada from China in 2004, say this level of violence is not something they would have ever expected from him.
However, there are suggestions that the accused had been showing evidence of mental health troubles in the period leading up to the attack.
Li sells computer
The day before McLean was murdered, Li was briefly seen in the small town of Erickson, Manitoba, where a 15-year-old boy said he bought a laptop computer from the man.
Darren Beatty told CTV Winnipeg Li was trying to sell the computer for $600, but Beatty talked him down to just $60. He also said the computer contained emails written in a Chinese language. Beatty used an Internet translator to read them, and one appeared to talk about the beauty of Canada, but also of apparent guilt Li felt for leaving his homeland years before.
Police have seized the computer as evidence.
In another development, Greyhound has ended an ad campaign that touted bus travel as being a worry-free experience.
The ad said, "There's a reason you've never heard of 'bus rage.'"
A company spokesperson said the company feels the year-long campaign is no longer appropriate, given the tragedy outside Portage La Prairie.
The campaign had officially ended before the July 30 killing of McLean, but some ads are still up, said Abby Wambaugh.
With reports from CTV Winnipeg's Caroline Barghout and Kelly Dehn, and files from The Canadian Press