TORONTO – The lawyer for a man accused of beheading and cannibalizing a fellow bus passenger said Monday an interim report that examines whether the accused is fit to stand trial has been completed.
Defense lawyer Alan Libman said he's seen the report but declined to comment ahead of a court hearing in the case Monday afternoon in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.
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A judge ordered Vince Weiguang Li to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in August to determine whether the Chinese immigrant was competent to stand trial for the July killing of 22-year-old carnival worker Tim McLean.
Li, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying, has not entered a plea in the case.
Thirty-seven passengers were aboard the Greyhound from Edmonton, Alberta, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, when the attack occurred as the bus traveled a desolate stretch of the TransCanada Highway about 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Witnesses said Li attacked McLean unprovoked, stabbing him dozens of times.
As horrified passengers fled the bus, Li severed McLean's head, displaying it to some of the passengers outside the bus, witnesses said.
A police officer at the scene reported seeing the attacker hack off pieces of the victim's body and eat them, according to a police report.
Li, who immigrated to Canada in 2004, pleaded in court in August for someone to "please kill me."