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A gradual path to more freedom for man who beheaded passenger on Greyhound bus

WINNIPEG - A list of decisions made by the court and Criminal Code Review Board in the case of Vince Li:

July 30, 2008 — Tim McLean, a 22-year-old carnival worker is sleeping on a Greyhound bus near Portage la Prairie, Man., when he is savagely stabbed to death by his schizophrenic seatmate, Vince Li. Li beheads and mutilates McLean's body as police and horrified passengers watch from the side of the road.

March 5, 2009 — Li is found not criminally responsible for the murder. Court hears Li believed God had told him to kill McLean or Li would face execution. Judge John Scurfield rules Li did not appreciate that his actions were morally wrong and believed he was acting in self defence. Li is sent to the Selkirk Mental Health Centre.

June 3, 2010 — In the first of annual hearings into Li's progress, the Criminal Code Review Board rules he can take supervised walks around hospital grounds as long as he is escorted by two staff members. The passes start at 15 minutes and increase incrementally to a maximum of one hour, twice daily. Manitoba Attorney General Andrew Swan steps in and puts the decision on hold until security measures at the facility can be beefed up.

June 3, 2011 — The review board allows Li to spend up to a full day outside the locked unit on the hospital grounds. He only needs to be accompanied by one staff member. The board does not authorize group outings on the grounds nor does it allow him escorted passes into the community.

May 17, 2012 — Li is allowed escorted trips into the community of Selkirk. The passes start at 30 minutes and increase incrementally to a maximum of a full day. Li has to be escorted at all times by a staff member and a security officer.

May 17, 2013 — Li is allowed to make supervised, full-day trips further afield to Lockport, Winnipeg and nearby beaches. The board also says Li can be unescorted on the grounds of the mental hospital starting for 15 minutes at a time and working up to a full day.

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