This one I can almost agree with, I can’t imagine watching someone lose their head! Two passengers who were on a Greyhound bus when Vince Li killed Winnipegger Tim McLean Jr. have filed a civil lawsuit against the bus company, the RCMP, the federal government and Li himself.
The passengers, Debra Tucker and Kayli Shaw, filed statements of claim in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday.
Both passengers are seeking general damages in the amount of $1 million, “nervous shock damages” of $1 million and $1 million in special damages.
Li, a schizophrenic, has been housed at the Selkirk Mental Health facility since March 2009 after being found not criminally responsible for the brutal killing and beheading of McLean aboard a Greyhound bus west of Portage la Prairie, Man., in July 2008.
The plaintiffs, who are both Ontario residents, fault RCMP for failing to remove Li from the bus for over five hours, a period during which he mutilated McLean’s body and displayed his “acts of deprivation” to passengers waiting outside the bus.
The claimants are targeting Greyhound Canada for what they say was the company’s failure to provide safe passage by ensuring adequate security and emergency response training and for failing to appropriately budget for passenger screening devices.
Li is named in the suit for committing the acts that led to the alleged psychological trauma and for failing to seek or continue with psychological treatment or counseling.
The federal government is named in the suit for failing in its duty to regulate safety on a form of ground transportation.
Both passengers say they have not been able to participate in their regular employment, recreational and social activities since the incident. They say they’ve been permanently disabled by the trauma and will continue to suffer loss of income in the future.
Statements of defense have not been filed. The allegations have not been proven in court.