Conveniently, since it it alleged there have been these threats, Vince Li is not required to make any routine court appearances.
There is no indication who the threats are coming from. Was it a person, more then one person, a group, who? Just, what seems to be vague rumours ? But not only are these vague rumours, well...vague, they appear to be contradictory.
This is what is being reported:
"There have been some threats uttered that cause concern so obviously we would prefer to limit his appearances in a courtroom if at all possible," said Crown attorney Joyce Dalmyn.
Dalmyn would not elaborate on the threats, but said there was no mention of Li's safety at the forensic psychiatric unit at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre.
If there have been threats against Li's life, wouldn't the Health Sciences Centre be concerned also? Because, really where there is a will , there is a way.
If the threats are legit, I would think the Winnipeg Health Science Centre would be concerned, not just for their patient/prisoner Vince Li, but , should they not be concerned for the well being of other patients and staff at the Centre?
Dalmyn also said the economics of transporting Li from Winnipeg to Portage was also a factor in the decision to not have Li brought to court each time it appears on the docket.Looking at what is being reported the one conclusion I can draw is the Crown definitely does not want Li appearing in the courtroom, until absolutely necessary. Why?
Is it really death threats? Is it the "economics" of transporting Li ? Or is it something else?
Apparently Vince Li has opted for trial by Jury, but the only consideration at the trial will be wether he is criminally responsible.
Li's defense lawyer, Alan Libman said in a recent interview that whether the 40-year-old should face criminal sanctions is "the sole issue" of the case.
"If someone commits an offense while suffering a disease of the mind and they don't know their actions are wrong, they can't be held criminally responsible," Libman said.
So , I am perplexed why he would choose a jury trial?
I wonder if he will testify on his own behalf ?