British Columbia

Killer dad's escorted leave may be appealed

B.C.'s attorney general says he might appeal a decision that would grant escorted leave from a psychiatric facility to Allan Schoenborn, who killed his three children in 2008.
A federal Tory candidate believes a B.C. man who killed his children should not be given escorted leave, the CBC's Kirk Williams reports 1:47

B.C.'s attorney general says he might appeal a decision that would grant escorted leave from a psychiatric facility to Allan Schoenborn, who killed his three children in 2008.

Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible for the killings in Merritt due to a psychiatric condition.

Earlier this month, the B.C. Review Board said Schoenborn would be eligible for day trips if the director of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam deems it appropriate.

Attorney General Barry Penner said Tuesday he would decide if his ministry will appeal the review board's decision after his officials have read and considered the written ruling, a process that could take four weeks.

Nonetheless, said Penner, he plans to push for changes.

"One thing I'm going to be doing is working with my federal counterparts to see if we can bolster the Criminal Code," he said.

Penner said he wants to ensure "courts and review boards give paramount consideration to public safety."

Federal candidate concerned

The review board decision has also been raised in the campaign for the May 2 federal election.

"[Schoenborn] has forfeited his right to participate in a civilized society," Conservative Party candidate James Moore said Tuesday. "He should be in an institution for the rest of his life and nobody should ever see him."

The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital is in Moore's riding of Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam.

"The B.C. Review Board should be ashamed of themselves," he said during a campaign stop in support of another Conservative candidate in downtown Vancouver. "Their decision is a disgrace and an insult to law-abiding citizens and the memory of those kids."

Schoenborn, diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, killed his children in the family home in April 2008. He explained at his trial that he was saving them from sexual abuse, although he didn't say why he believed they were threatened.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story mischaracterized Allan Schoenborn as “convicted." 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 2:57 PM PT

With files from the CBC's Ben Hadaway and Kirk Williams