WINNIPEG – The man found not criminally responsible for beheading a passenger on a Greyhound bus almost nine years ago in Manitoba is seeking his full freedom.
Vince Li, now known as Will Baker, requested an absolute discharge at his annual hearing Monday afternoon. The review board says they will come to a decision in the next several days.
During the meeting, his doctors and lawyers argued that Baker understands his illness and the importance of taking his medication, which he currently does under supervision.
A discharge would mean he is no longer under conditions or supervision. He’s been living on his own for the last year in a Winnipeg apartment, where his doctor says he is comfortable, attending a gym and going to church.
His doctors argued that the illness can relapse whether he’s under supervision or not, and that it’s difficult to predict when a relapse could happen. Baker has never missed an appointment and is a model patient, the doctor said, and that Baker is a low-risk to re-offend violently.
The crown is opposed to the discharge, saying the safety of the public should be the paramount consideration. The crown argues that Baker is still a real risk to public safety, despite what the medical team has said.
In 2008 Baker was found not criminally responsible for beheading Tim McLean due to schizophrenia.
McLean’s mother, Carol de Delley, previously told Global News she’s disappointed with the hearing.
“It’s terrifying to me,” she said.
If Baker receives an absolute discharge, it means he is guilty of the killing but will not be convicted of the offence, according to Community Legal Education Association.
An absolute discharge cannot be revoked by the courts.