Vince Weiguang Li, 43, after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was found not guilty of murdering 22-year-old Tim McLean on a Canadian Greyhound bus on July 30, 2008. Li, a devout Christian and a computer engineer, immigrated to Canada with his wife from China's province of Liaoning in 2001. Tim McLean, a 22-year-old Canadian man, was stabbed, beheaded and cannibalized while riding a Greyhound Canada bus about 18 miles (29 km) west of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba traveling the Trans Canada Highway.
Li is a a computer software engineer in Beijing who immigrated to Canada from China on June 11, 2001 who worked at various jobs in Winnipeg, Thompson and Edmonton after his arrival in Canada from China. He worked in Winnipeg at menial jobs at Grant Memorial Church for six months to support his wife. In Edmonton 2006 he take up jobs which included service at a Wal-Mart, at a fast-food restaurant, and newspaper delivery.
Spare the rod of fears about wrongful convictions, concerns about the state taking the lives of individuals, and uncertainty about the death penalty's role as a deterrent for crime? Balancing the need to protect the public, the mental condition of the accused, the accused’s re-integration into society, and the other needs of the accused aren't an easy task.
Canada has abolished the death penalty on July 14, 1976. The last execution in Canada was on December 11, 1962. A good precedent for the abolition of capital punishment is the 1959 case of Steven Truscott, who was just 14 years old when convicted of a murder that he did not commit.. (On August 28, 2007, Truscott was acquitted of the charges by the Ontario Court of Appeal.)
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