British Columbia

Dad who killed 3 kids seeks supervised leave

The B.C. man who was found not criminally responsible for murdering his three children wants to be allowed supervised visits away from the hospital where he has been under psychiatric care since his trial.
Schoenborn killed his three children in April 2008 while he was in a psychotic state, a judge ruled in Feb 2010. (RCMP)

The B.C. man who was found not criminally responsible for murdering his three children wants to be allowed supervised visits away from the hospital where he has been under psychiatric care since his trial.

Allan Schoenborn was found guilty of the April 2008 crime but not criminally responsible because he was in a psychotic state.

Schoenborn, 42, told members of the B.C. Review Board Tuesday at an annual review of his detention that he's much improved and ready for escorted trips to the mall or for coffee.

Dr. Johann Brink, the clinical director at the Port Coquitlam, B.C., hospital where Schoenborn is being treated, agreed that he is healthier since his last hearing before the board a year ago.

Schoenborn still has unresolved anger issues, Brink said.

Flashes of that anger emerged as Crown counsel Lyle Hillaby pressed Schoenborn during questioning, saying he wasn't a forthcoming, self-disclosing patient.

"Yes I am," Schoenborn shouted.

Crown urges caution

Brink is recommending that Schoenborn be allowed escorted leave off the hospital premises.

Hillaby urged the board to be careful.

"He doesn't really accept that he has a psychiatric illness the way others accept that," Hillaby said outside the hearing. "He has been cagy at every stage about what his thoughts were, what his concerns are, what his fixations are."

Schoenborn recounted during his trial how he stabbed his 10-year-old daughter to death and smothered his two sons, ages five and eight, in their family trailer in Merritt, B.C.

He told the court he did it to protect them from the threat of sexual abuse, which he did not attempt to substantiate.

The Board has reserved its decision until later this week.

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