CANNIBAL MAN -- AN UPDATE
We are approaching the second anniversary of the most barbarous chapter in modern Canadian history.
On July 30, 2008, Tim McLean was going home, dozing as a Greyhound bus sped him across the prairie. Without provocation, seat mate Vince Weiguang Li suddenly attacked the young man. The Chinese immigrant/Canadian citizen stabbed, beheaded -- and while RCMP milled around outside -- carved and ingested parts of his victim.
Found not criminally responsible for his actions, Li enjoys intermittent reviews to determine when he shall again be a free man. Now, psychiatrist Steven Kremer says it would be good for Li to spend up to 2 hours a day strolling in the (unfenced) grounds of the facility housing him. This idyll would demand two minders at all times as Li continues to suffer from low intensity hallucinations despite two years of psychiatric treatment and anti-psychotic medication. His doctor admits that "We cannot predict an individual's future behaviour 100%." If so, the man eater must never again see the light of day.
In another case, a month before Li butchered Tim McLean, an Iranian landed immigrant named Samad Dabiri repeatedly stabbed a woman as she waited at a streetcar stop in Toronto. Dabiri was well known to Toronto police for "committing the same kind of crime not once but twice before in the past. And every time he's been let back out. [Dabiri] has severe mental problems and was charged in a similar attack back in 2003, when an elderly man suffered knife wounds to the stomach at the Dufferin Mall. Another incident traces back to 1999, when Dabiri was collared for threatening and a weapons charge. Why was he back out in public? A frustrated Det. Darren Laing claims the man's mental state has kept him out of jail several times. 'That charge in 2003, he was found guilty of committing the act,' he reveals. 'However, he was found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder." (City TV,May 21, 2008)
Where have we heard that before?
Another question -- never asked -- is whether Li should be our project at all? He entered under the skilled worker category as a computer technician. His work history in Canada includes mop swinger, burger flipper and newspaper boy. Did Li buy his credentials? For that matter, did he buy his medical documentation? Rather than waste resources on court dates to ensure that Mr. Li basks in sunshine, providing him twin bodyguards or bigger butterfly nets, it might be more constructive to determine how psychotics like Li or Dabiri managed to get in and avoid any repetition. If Ottawa can live with stripping elderly middle Europeans of their citizenship because they may have lied in the wake of a world shattering war 60 years ago, surely we can reexamine the case of "our" cannibal.