Canadian ate victim’s body parts, tried to flee with severed ear, noseAugust 6th, 2008 - 9:38 am ICT by IANS
Toronto, Aug 6 (IANS) A Canadian court Tuesday heard with shock how a man, who killed and then beheaded a fellow passenger on a bus near Winnipeg last Wednesday night, cut off body parts of his victims and was seen eating them. More shockingly, he even tried to flee with many body parts of his victim - an ear, nose and partial mouth - in a plastic bag hidden in his pocket.
Edmonton-based Vincent Li, 40-year-old Chinese immigrant, faces second-degree charges for killing and later beheading 22-year-old Tim McLean of Winnipeg.
As gory details of how Li allegedly ate parts of his victim’s body came to light when he appeared in a court in Portage La Prairie city near Winnipeg, the judge ordered a psychiatric assessment to know whether he is fit to stand trial.
Reports say the accused refused to speak to anyone except nod his head or say `yes’ or `no.’ But he was once overheard as saying, “Please kill me.”
Narrating details of what happened on the fateful night, prosecution (called Crown in Canada) lawyer Joyce Dalymn said Li attacked the young man, who was sleeping at the time, without any provocation.
“This was a completely random attack. There’s been no link established between Li and McLean,” she told the court.
After hearing the commotion, the driver pulled the bus over to the side of Trans-Canada Highway to let the shocked passengers flee, the court heard. The driver locked the bus, leaving Li and his victim inside as they called police on 911
After mortally wounding McLean, Li dragged him on to the aisle of the bus, sat on him and then stabbed him more than 40 times with a large hunting knife, the court was told.
When police arrived on the scene, they saw Li carrying the severed head of his victim and holding it up as if to taunt them.
As the stand-off between police and the killer continued into the wee hours of Thursday, Li once told officers that “I have to stay on this bus forever,” the crown lawyer told the court.
Everybody gasped when the lawyer told the judge that at one point Li started cutting parts of the body and `was even seen to consume some of them.
She said the killer “appeared to be focused on his victim. He did not appear to be drunk or high.”
The lawyer added that police decided against storming the bus, waiting till Li smashed a window and jumped out to flee.
After arresting him when police searched him, they found a plastic bag containing the severed ear, nose and partial mouth of the victim in his pocket, the court heard.
Adjourning the case till Sept 8, the judge ordered that Li’s psychological evaluation be completed in 30 days.