A schizophrenic man who beheaded a passenger on a Greyhound bus nine years ago, and was found not criminally responsible, was granted absolute freedom on Friday.
Nine years after Will Baker, a schizophrenic man, beheaded a passenger on a Greyhound bus nine years ago and was found not criminally responsible, Manitoba’s Criminal Code Review Board has given him an absolute discharge on Friday.
What Does This Mean?
This discharge means that Baker will no longer be subject to any conditions or monitoring in order to make sure he takes his medication.
The Review Board released a statement saying they are “of the opinion that the weight of evidence does not substantiate that Mr. Baker poses a significant threat to the safety of the public.”
According to the statement, the doctors described Baker as a model patient who had not previously been treated for schizophrenia at the time of the attack. However, since his arrest and placement in hospital, the doctors say that he responded well to the medication and fully understood that he has to stay on his medication to keep his illness controlled.
Last November, Baker started living on his own in an apartment in Winnipeg, where he was he was subject to rules and nightly monitoring in order to ensure he was taking his medication. On Monday, his lawyer had asked the review board to consider granting him complete freedom.
Chris Summerville, executive director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, who has met Baker and worked with him since his arrest, said: “He is no longer a violent person.
“I will say, yes, he absolutely understands that he has to (take his medication) and has a desire to live responsible, moral life and never succumb to psychotic episodes and not to hurt anybody ever again.”
Comments on His Complete Discharge
Carol de Delley, the victim’s mother, argued against the discharge, claiming that there would then be no way to ensure he takes his medication. She declined to comment on Friday, when asked to in a Facebook post. She said: “I have no words.”
A conservative of Parliament James Bezan said earlier this week that the discharge would be an insult to de Delley and Tim McLean’s other relatives.