Man in Canada bus beheading says "please kill me"

Tue Aug 5, 2008 5:31pm EDT
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By Angela Brown

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Manitoba (Reuters) - A man accused of killing, decapitating and eating the flesh of a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada shook his head and said "Please kill me" on Tuesday when a judge asked him if he wanted a lawyer.

Vince Weiguang Li, 40, was otherwise silent, staring at the floor and swaying side to side with hands clenched, as the prosecutor recounted the grisly details of the killing at a court hearing in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

Judge Michel Chartier ordered Li to undergo psychiatric tests to see if he is fit to stand trial on second-degree murder charges.

Li's remark was barely audible but was repeated outside court by duty lawyer Randall Janis, who stood beside him during the proceedings.

Prosecutor Joyce Dalmyn said Li, who immigrated to Canada from China in 2001, stabbed to death his sleeping seatmate, Tim McLean, in an unprovoked attack aboard the bus, which was rolling along the TransCanada Highway about an hour's drive west of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

She said there was no link between Li and McLean, who family and friends have said was a 22-year-old carnival worker returning to his Winnipeg home.

The bus stopped and other passengers fled. After a six-hour standoff, Li jumped out a window and was apprehended by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Dalmyn said.

They found a severed ear, nose and mouth in a white plastic bag in his right front pant pocket, Dalmyn said.   Continued...

<p>Vince Weiguang Li (L), suspect in the murder of Tim McLean aboard a Greyhound bus in Manitoba, is escorted by sheriff officers on his way to a court appearance in Portage la Prairie August 5, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade</p>