(缅尼托巴省波蒂其拉普雷里6日加新社电)灰狗巴士斩首案疑凶李伟光(Vince Weiguang Li)，被囚禁时接到死亡恐吓。控方为了安全，周四没有让李伟光出庭应讯，案件推迟到11月21日再审。
李伟光因麦克莱恩(Tim McLean)被害案，被控二级谋杀。李伟光的案件周四在缅省波蒂其拉普雷里(Portage la Prairie)审理，但案件将推迟到11月21日继续审理。李伟光未有出庭。
她说，李伟光在温尼辟医疗中心(Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre)，法证心理评估科关押时受到死亡恐吓。“如果你在温尼辟出庭，要经过金属探测器检查，但这里并没有这些设备。我们必须认真对待任何可能的威胁。”
Accused in Greyhound killing excused from court following threats: officials
Last Updated: Thursday, November 6, 2008 | 9:08 PM ET
Court appearances for a man accused of beheading a passenger on a Greyhound bus last summer have been limited following threats against him.
Vince Li, 40, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tim McLean, 22, a carnival worker who was stabbed and decapitated near Portage la Prairie, Man., on his way from Edmonton to his home in Winnipeg in July.
Li was not present when his case was put before the Court of Queen’s Bench in Portage la Prairie on Thursday. It has been put over until Nov. 21.
Manitoba justice officials told CBC News that Li has been excused from some, although not all, of his court appearances because of security concerns.
Officials would not provide details about what kind of threats had been made. Crown attorney Joyce Dalmyn said Li had received death threats, according to a report in the Portage Daily Graphic.
“We’re trying to avoid appearances by Mr. Li if at all possible at this point in time because there have been some threats that caused us some concern,” Dalmyn was quoted as saying.
“There aren’t any security measures in place in either the Queen’s Bench courthouse or in the provincial court in Portage la Prairie.”
Li, a Chinese immigrant who became a Canadian citizen last year, was found fit to stand trial last month following an interim psychiatric evaluation. He is currently being held in custody at the forensic psychiatric unit of the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, where he has undergone further evaluation.
Li received the death threats while in custody at the Winnipeg hospital, Dalmyn said.
“Anything that can be construed as a threat we have to take extremely seriously,” she said. No other details were given.
Li ‘not prejudiced’ by not appearing: lawyer
Defence lawyer Alan Libman said it’s not convenient for Li to be transported from Winnipeg to Portage la Prairie for every court date.
“I don’t have an issue with that.… I have confidence that he’s not required. He’s not prejudiced in any way by not making these appearances,” Libman said Thursday.
Witnesses have said the July 30 attack on McLean appeared to be unprovoked — a man sitting next to him simply stood up and started stabbing him, then cut up his body.
Since Li has been declared fit to stand trial, the outcome of his case will depend on whether experts think he was criminally responsible for his actions, defence lawyers have said.
For an individual to be found not criminally responsible, they must have a mental disorder and that illness must be found to have had an impact on behaviour during the situation being examined.
A person found not criminally responsible is brought before the provincial mental-health review board annually for an assessment. If the individual can prove to the board that he or she is no longer a risk to society, there is a possibility of eventual release.
If convicted and found criminally responsible for McLean’s death, however, Li faces the possibility of an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.