Men­tally ill dad who killed three kids up for re­view in B.C.

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

VAN­COU­VER — The case of a Bri­tish Columbia man found not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for killing his three chil­dren be­cause of a men­tal ill­ness is up for re­view, two years af­ter a pro­vin­cial board opened the door to him re­ceiv­ing su­per­vised day trips.

Al­lan Schoen­born has yet to be granted es­corted day passes, de­spite the B.C. Re­view Board del­e­gat­ing the author­ity to grant them in May 2015 to the di­rec­tor of the Foren­sic Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal in sub­ur­ban Van­cou­ver. Schoen­born stabbed his 10-year-old daugh­ter Kait­lynne and smoth­ered his two sons Max and Cor­don, eight and five, at the fam­ily’s home in Mer­ritt in April 2008. A court ruled he was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing psy­chosis at the time and be­lieved he was sav­ing his chil­dren from a life of crime, and phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse. Schoen­born’s an­nual re­view board hear­ing is sched­uled for Wednes­day. His lawyers, Diane Nielsen and Dante Abbey, have not said whether they will re­quest any changes to their client’s cus­tody order. Es­corted out­ings are typ­i­cally brief, last­ing no longer than two hours, Nielsen and Abbey said in an email. Pa­tients are ac­com­pa­nied by at least two staff mem­bers and vis­its are planned at pre-ar­ranged lo­ca­tions near the hos­pi­tal.

The Crown is also ap­ply­ing separately in B.C. Supreme Court to have Schoen­born des­ig­nated a high-risk ac­cused, which would end the pos­si­bil­ity of any out­ings, and ex­tend the time be­tween an­nual re­view hear­ings up to three years. Only a new court order could re­verse the des­ig­na­tion.

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