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Beheading horror man 'no longer hearing voices'

A SCHIZOPHRENIC who beheaded a fellow Greyhound bus passenger no longer hears voices, but still must be locked up under high security, an expert testified before a board deciding whether to release him from a psychiatric hospital.

Stanley Li was found not criminally responsible earlier this year for the July killing of Tim McLean, who he stabbed dozens of times and dismembered as horrified passengers fled. A judge ruled he suffered from schizophrenia and did not realize his actions were wrong.

Li is "no longer tormented by voices and he is beginning to understand what his illness is all about," psychiatrist Stanley Yaren told Manitoba's Criminal Code review board.

Li has been taking his medication and hasn't had a psychotic episode in three months, Yaren said, but still must be locked up as he undergoes further treatment.

McLean's mother, Carol deDelley, has vowed to press the federal government to change the law so people found not criminally responsible still serve time in jail.

The board will rule this week whether Li should stay institutionalized, be given a conditional release or granted an absolute discharge.


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