The stigma of mental illness obviously persists. The murder was gruesome and yes it is beyond tragic that Tim lost his life. But one can also feel compassion for Li. (two thoughts held at once in the mind - I know, a baffling concept rarely experienced by Sun readers) Li was severely mentally ill and was not acting of his own volition. It's disturbing to read such a depraved level of bloodlust and vengrance here, in the editorial and from a minister of the crown. it's disgusting and you all repulse me. The man is ill. Even the Nazis got fresh air at Nuremburg.15 minutes, get a grip.
I don't want Li out, ever, because I'm pessimistic about his prognosis, but how is keeping him in a dark, dank cell going to help anybody?
Sober, evidence-based social policy, yes. Instinctive bestial vengeance, no.
How many of you people out there that point fingers at Mr. Li have asthma (for example). How many of you stop taking your meds when you begin to feel better. Bet you were sorry you did.
Unfortunately, the outcome of this misuse of medication had a much more horrific outcome, but it is the same thing. Mr. Li was feeling better....his head told him that he didn't need them as much. He was wrong, but he HAS received the medical attention he needs to get well and stay well.
Do you not think that these doctors know what they are doing?