Previously published in Examiner
Part 3 of the murder on a bus series
What was determined at the trial for the killing of Tim Mclean
Vince Weiguang Li had his trial Seven months after the heinous murder. What came out later in the trial was that Li did more than just behead his victim. He cut out his intestines and other body parts because he was afraid the young man would come back to life.
CTV Montreal news reported that the heart was missing and it is quite possible Li ate it; possibly, along with the brain in some insane notion that these organs would give him power or strength.
Li was found guilty. He obviously did the crime; however, two psychiatrists argued that he was insane. Li had never done anything violent before. At the time of the murder Li was hearing voices from God telling him to kill McLean.
Justice John Scofield sentenced Li to second-degree murder, stating, “”grotesque” and “barbaric” but “strongly suggestive of a mental disorder.” He said that the laws make allowances for people with mental illnesses.
Vince Li will serve his time in a mental institution. There is also a possibility that he will be released if in the future he is found to be mentally healthy. As you would imagine, many Montrealers are against the decision of every letting a man like that walk the streets again.
A tormented Mother speaks out
The question is where does that leave Tim McLean’s grieving mother, Carol deDelley? Before the trial began she said that no possible outcome for her would be a good one, “The trial to me seems like another thing we have to endure – a formality that we have to sit through.” Will this mother ever find closure from such a senseless crime?
Tim’s mother cannot imagine a system that would possibly let her son’s killer go free at some point. She wants the law to make sure that anyone not found criminally responsible for a crime still serve time behind bars in jail and not a mental institution. DeDelley said, “I can’t have Timothy’s death, the way it happened, be for nothing,” He was minding his own, sleeping on a bus. It could have been anybody. But it was my son and it was brutal.”