Experts suggest cannibal “Vince” Weiguang Li be granted unescorted outings in the city

Li has been confined to a psychiatric institution north of Winnipeg since he was found not criminally responsible for stabbing, mutilating and beheading McLean on a bus to Winnipeg in July 2008.

Jill Macyshon reveals details about Vince Li’s review for a request to be put into a group home and access to Winnipeg.
Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, February 23, 2015 3:00PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 23, 2015 5:39PM EST

WINNIPEG — Experts are recommending a man who beheaded a fellow passenger aboard a Greyhound bus should be transferred from a mental facility to a Winnipeg hospital with an eye to moving him to a community group home.

It’s also being suggested that Vince Li be granted unescorted outings in the city.

Li’s psychiatrist, Dr. Steven Kremer, told a criminal code board review hearing Monday that Li has shown “profound improvement” and is at low risk to reoffend. Risk assessments done by several other doctors came to the same conclusion, the board heard.

Vince Li may be granted beach visits

Vince Weiguang Li is led into the Manitoba Provicial Court in Portage La Prairie, Man. on Friday Aug. 1, 2008. (Winnipeg Free Press – James Turner)

Li, 46, has not had any hallucinations in over a year and understands the need to take his medication, Kremer said. Should Li be transferred to a group home, staff there would ensure he continued the medication necessary to manage his schizophrenia, the doctor said.

“His likelihood to re-engage in violence is low.”

Li has been confined to a psychiatric institution north of Winnipeg since he was found not criminally responsible for stabbing, mutilating and beheading McLean on a bus to Winnipeg in July 2008. Li sat next to the 22-year-old McLean after the young man smiled at him and asked how he was doing.

Li said he heard the voice of God telling him to kill the young carnival worker or “die immediately.” Li repeatedly stabbed McLean who unsuccessfully fought for his life. As passengers fled the bus, Li continued stabbing and mutilating the body before he was arrested.

The review board has gradually given Li more freedom, including unescorted visits to Selkirk, Man., and escorted visits to Winnipeg and local beaches.

Li entered the hearing Monday unshackled, sitting and listening quietly while his case was discussed.

The board is expected to issue a decision within a week.

Ken Mackenzie, manager of the forensic mental health program at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, told the hearing Li has experienced some public backlash on unescorted outings, but was “able to manage it quite effectively.”

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TORONTO: Musa Yusuf killed by Guled Yusuf, his nephew

Published Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:12AM EST

A 22-year-old has been charged with second degree murder after his uncle was found dead in an apartment building.

At approximately 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Toronto police were called to an apartment building at 100 High Park Ave., near Bloor and Keele Streets.

Police found a 52-year-old man suffering serious stab wounds, and were told by witnesses that an assault had taken place on the sixth floor of the building.

The man, identified on Thursday as Musa Yusuf, was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

A suspect was located and arrested a few kilometres from the scene, police said.

In a statement on Thursday, police said that Guled Yusuf, 22, has been charged with second-degree murder. Guled was Musa’s nephew, police said.

Anyone with more information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).

Read more: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/nephew-charged-in-fatal-high-park-stabbing-1.2143160#ixzz3LbY62rim

OTTAWA: Eritrean couple Yassin Mender and Alem Haile were known to police

Ottawa woman’s name added to a long list of spousal murder-suicide victims

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Pat McGrath / Ottawa Citizen

On the same weekend Canadians marked the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, in which 14 women were murdered, Ottawans were informed of the identity of yet another woman’s death at the hands of a man.

Alem Haile was found stabbed to death in the basement of her Gloucester home early Thursday morning. Police also found the hanged body of her husband, Yassin Mender, in the house. Investigators described the deaths as murder-suicide — the city’s seventh homicide of the year. The couple, aged 51 and 60, respectively, had three children.

OTTAWA: Yassin Mender kills wife, then hangs himself

Police confirm Beaconwood was murder-suicide, release victim’s identity

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The Ottawa police Major Crime Section confirmed Saturday night that the deaths in Beaconwood Village on Thursday morning that left three children without parents were a murder-suicide.

Police identified Alem Haile, 51, as the victim of Ottawa’s seventh homicide of 2014.

The body of Yassin Mender, 60, the husband of the victim, was also found at the scene, but foul play was not suspected in his death.

Police and paramedics were called to a townhouse at 2022 Beaconwood Dr. in a Minto-run rental neighbourhood Thursday around 6:30 a.m. after 16-year-old Ben Mender discovered his parents’ bodies in the family home. His mother had been stabbed to death and the person responsible, his father, was found hanging.

TORONTO: Brent Nisula, Nicholas Brennan, and Brandon Wilson arrested in stabbing death of Mohamed Yay

CBC News Posted: Nov 28, 2014 4:39 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 28, 2014 4:39 PM ET

Three men have been arrested in the stabbing death of a Toronto man.

Mohamed Yay, 40, was found by police in the area of The West Mall and Holiday Drive, near a Toronto Community Housing building in Etobicoke, at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 9. He had multiple stab sounds and died on the scene, marking the city’s 25th homicide of the year.

Investigators from 22 Division arrested and charged three men with second-degree murder on Thursday:

  • Brent Nisula, 23, of Toronto.
  • Nicholas Brennan, 24, of Toronto.
  • Brandon Wilson, 24, of Mississauga.

They were scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

MISSISSAUGA: Morad Maher Thatcher arrested in Tim Horton random stabbing

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By: Sam Colbert Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 17 2014

A man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing at a Mississauga restaurant Friday afternoon.

The victim was sitting with friends at the Tim Hortons and Wendy’s at Britannia Rd. and Terry Fox Way at around 12:30 p.m. when a suspect approached him from behind and allegedly stabbed him, according to Peel Regional Police. The suspect fled southwest across Britannia Rd. to a townhouse complex.

The victim was taken to Credit Valley Hospital with multiple stab wounds, paramedics said at the time.

Police arrested 21-year-old Morad Maher Thatcher of Mississauga on Monday. He has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

He will appear in court in Brampton Tuesday morning.