Another Law Suit – Beheading Trauma

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.

A Really Dumb Thief

But are the cops smart enough to actually catch him? Forgetting his resume behind in a stolen car might put a thief’s job hunt in park should it lead police to his whereabouts.

Jason Lapointe says his online sleuthing, using clues left behind in his stolen 2005 Dodge Neon including the possible suspect’s resume, likely offers a lead to a thief.

The 36-year-old woke up Monday to an early-morning phone call from cops saying his car was stolen from outside his northwest home.

They said thieves attracted police attention after someone reported a car stuck in a back alley near the Chinook Centre shopping mall.

Lapointe said he was told the suspects bolted when police showed up.

But in taking off, the thief or thieves left behind some items in his car including a toque, Ozzy Osborne CD, hoodie, T-shirt, stick of Old Spice deodorant and resume.

Convinced the items belonging to what he dubbed “Canada’s dumbest criminal,” he gave them to police.

“I thought this guy is extremely stupid,” he said. “I think (police) have all the information they need … you’re busted.”

But despite giving cops what he deems to be viable evidence found in his impounded car – including a photo believed to be of the individual in the resume found on the Internet – Lapointe said he is disappointed they seemed slow to act.

“I was told ‘Thank you, very much they would be given to the investigating officers when they returned to duty on Saturday,'” he said.

Police spokesman Kevin Brookwell said there was an unfortunate misunderstanding and although the information will ultimately be given to investigating officers, the investigation is not stalled until then.

“In the meantime, we’ve got (other) investigators looking into possible leads,” Brookwell said.

“It’s not like it’s sitting in a room somewhere waiting – we are currently following up on a possible suspect based on articles found in the vehicle turned over to police by the owner.”

He is not aware of any arrests made in the case.

So far, Lapointe is out nearly $1,000 due to the theft – the car’s steering column was destroyed, he was forced to take a day off work, pay for a car rental and told the $106 paid for his wheels to be impounded will only be reimbursed if a culprit is caught and found guilty of the crime. He is also missing iPod accessories and a $200 pair of sunglasses.

As for the resume and its job-garnering potential, Lapointe isn’t optimistic the author who “is just fresh out of high school,” has much experience although, “I think he worked on cars.”

He hasn’t received a reply to messages he e-mailed to the author of the resume. Maybe he is setting up some ex-friend of his, that is why it is taking so long for the cops to catch this person?

Inmate Assaulted by Cow

And he is suing the government for $500k!!!  An inmate working at an Alberta prison farm is suing the Attorney-General of Canada for $500,000 after alleging he was badly injured by an “aggressive and dangerous” cow.

In a statement of claim filed Feb. 7 in Edmonton’s Court of Queen’s Bench, Leslie Roland Johnson says he was incarcerated in Bowden Institution at the time of the alleged Feb. 8, 2009, incident and was toiling as a laborer on the central Alberta penitentiary’s annexed farm.

Johnson alleges he was carrying out his farm duties when he was “aggressed” by the cow, which caused him to fall heavily and suffer serious injuries, including a broken bone in his shoulder.

The convict claims prison officials knew prior to the alleged incident that the cow in question was “aggressive and dangerous,” but says they breached their duties by failing to cull the animal from the herd or to warn him and take measures to protect him from the cow.

Johnson also alleges that he was not given prompt and appropriate medical attention for his injuries and says it was two months later before X-rays were arranged.

During this time, he says prison staff accused him of “faking his injury” and disciplined him for not carrying out his full employment duties.

As a result of his injuries and the delay in obtaining medical treatment, Johnson alleges he has suffered and continues to suffer “excruciating pain” and a loss of range of motion in his right shoulder.

He also says he required surgery and might require a further operation in the future and has been prevented from enjoying activities he had previously enjoyed.

As a federal prisoner, he alleges the Attorney-General of Canada had the obligation to take all reasonable measures to ensure his safety and security and to provide him with reasonable and appropriate medical care.

Johnson is seeking damages, including aggravated and punitive damages, in the amount of $500,000.

A statement of defence has not yet been filed. Statements of claim and statements of defence contain allegations which have not been proven in court.  And I thought the USA had the most stupid lawsuits ever!