Allan Schoenborn, child-killer, denied day pass

Child-killer Allan Schoenborn has been denied escorted community access from the Port Coquitlam Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, say the family of his victims.

Schoenborn stabbed and smothered his three children Kaitlynne, 10, Max, 8, and Cordon, 5, to death in 2008

Ex-wife's family says killer's request should not be considered 1:51

The B.C. Review Board has denied child-killer Allan Schoenborn's request for escorted community access from the Port Coquitlam Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, according to the family of Schoenborn's victims

Six years ago, Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible for killing the three children he had with Darcie Clarke. 

At the hearing before the B.C. Review Board, Schoenborn's request for day passes was opposed by Crown counsel and his hospital director.

Now Stacy Galt, Darcie Clarke's cousin, says the request was denied.

"I've just spoken with Crown counsel and they have said he will not be receiving passes. So there is no release, no passes given this year. It's just a relief, like you wouldn't believe.

Schoenborn stabbed and smothered his three children to death before fleeing to the woods near Merritt, B.C. in 2008.

He was caught by a hunter and his tracking dog 10 days later following an intensive manhunt in the hills around the Interior B.C. town.

Allan Schoenborn admitted killing his children, 10-year-old Kaitlynne, eight-year-old Max and five-year-old Cordon, who were found slain in their mobile home in Merritt, B.C. (CBC) (RCMP)

At his 2010 trial, Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible of killing his three children because of mental illness.

Last year, Schoenborn asked to be transferred to a psychiatric centre in Manitoba, to be closer to his mother, but that request was ultimately denied.

Victim's family was concerned

Dave Teixeira, who speaks for the victims' family, says Darcie Clarke and the family were hoping this year for a similar result.

Teixeira says the family was concerned they would be at risk if Schoenborn were released.

Allan Schoenborn is being held at B.C.'s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, also known as Colony Farm Hospital in Port Coquitlam. (Dan Burritt/CBC)

"Our concern of course with Allan Schoenborn, who has survival training, was if he should not return, he would be a real threat to Darcie Clarke and her family."

Currently Schoenborn goes before the B.C. Review Board panel every year, but Teixeira says the family is hopeful that by next year, new federal legislation will be in place to increase the time between review board hearings to up to three years.


  • An earlier version of this story mischaracterized Allan Schoenborn as “convicted” and “guilty.” In fact, a judge found that the killings were deliberate and planned by Schoenborn, but that he was not sane at the time.
    Feb 12, 2015 2:46 PM PT

With files from Brady Strachen