Man ac­cused in stab­bing rampage said vic­tims de­served at­tack

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

A man who went on a stab­bing rampage at a Toronto of­fice while be­ing fired told of­fi­cers ar­rest­ing him that his vic­tims de­served the at­tack, his trial heard this week.

But Chuang Li’s lawyer plans to ar­gue the 49-year-old was not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for his ac­tions.

Li is charged with three counts of at­tempted mur­der, four counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault and four counts of as­sault with a weapon.

Four peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal, two of them with lifethreat­en­ing in­juries, af­ter Li started stab­bing peo­ple while he was in the process of be­ing fired from the hu­man re­sources com­pany Cerid­ian Day­force Cor­po­ra­tion last April.

Li’s lawyer, John Rosen, said he plans to ar­gue his client should be found not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble.

An agreed state­ment of facts sub­mit­ted at Li’s trial re­vealed de­tails of the at­tack, in­clud­ing what Li said as he was be­ing led away. “As he was be­ing es­corted to the po­lice car, Mr. Li stated, ‘They de­serve it. They de­serve it. You know, I don’t care. They de­serve it,’’’ it said.

Li, who was born in China and im­mi­grated to Canada in 2001, be­came a Cana­dian citizen in 2005 and does not have a pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal record.

He had dif­fi­cul­ties main­tain­ing sta­ble em­ploy­ment af­ter ar­riv­ing in Canada and was em­ployed by 12 dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies be­tween 2006 and 2012, the state­ment of facts said, not­ing that Li was hired by Cerid­ian as a soft­ware devel­oper in June 2012.

Un­der ques­tion­ing from a Crown-re­tained foren­sic psy­chi­a­trist, Li said he has, since a young age, “lost his tem­per on oc­ca­sion and then later felt bad about it,’’ the doc­u­ment said.

“Mr. Li told Dr. McMaster that some­times he gets so an­gry that he does not think about the re­sults,’’ it said.

Li’s wife first no­ticed her hus­band be­gin­ning to act strangely in 2009, say­ing “very funny things’’ about the peo­ple he worked with and some­time in 2011, be­gan talk­ing about an “or­ga­ni­za­tion’’ that was try­ing to “set him up,’’ the doc­u­ment said.

Li’s fam­ily doc­tor di­ag­nosed him with de­pres­sion in Oc­to­ber 2011 and pre­scribed anti-de­pres­sants which Li did not take, court heard.

Li told the foren­sic psy­chi­a­trist he be­gan car­ry­ing a saw with him in Novem­ber 2012 be­cause he felt un­safe in his neigh­bour­hood, the state­ment of facts said.

In Fe­bru­ary 2013, Li also be­gan car­ry­ing a large knife to work in his shoul­der bag, say­ing he didn’t feel safe at the of­fice, and in June that year, he bought a pocket knife, which he also took to work, the state­ment of facts said.

Li then bought another knife in March 2014, which he kept in the trunk of his car and told his wife he though their house was bugged, court heard.

Cerid­ian de­cided to end Li’s em­ploy­ment on April 9, 2014, and he was called into the of­fice of hu­man re­sources man­ager Ra­jsri De, where vice pres­i­dent of de­vel­op­ment, James Ko­nan­dreas, be­gan re­view­ing Li’s per­for­mance is­sues.

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