Convicted child-killer Allan Schoenborn is asking a B.C. Review Board for additional freedoms and community access.
In 2008, Schoenborn was found guilty but not criminally responsible for killing his three young children.
Global News reports that doctors and Crown prosecutors testifying at his annual review said he still has ongoing challenges with emotional regulation and anger management. Additionally, they said he struggles when placed in situations where he feels disrespected.
Dr. Marcel Hediger said this should disqualify Schoenborn from leaving the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam where he has been living since 2010.
“I don’t think staff-supported community outings are warranted at this time,” he said, adding that he doesn’t feel confident Schoenborn would manage escorted visits to the community appropriately.
Crown lawyers agreed with Hediger and argued that Schoenborn should be stripped of his ability to be granted escorted day passes out of the psychiatric hospital.
Hediger also said there would be safety issues for the public and Schoenborn himself since he has been the target of a murder plot and was assaulted in the past.
Schoenborn’s lawyer, Rishi Gill argued his client’s psychosis is under control due to medical and psychiatric treatment.
“He’s not looking to go to a department store to go shopping, he’s not looking to go to Ikea down the street. He’s not looking to go to Starbucks and have a Frappucino,” Gill explained. “What Mr. Schoenborn has always said is that he has work to do, he wants to get further along, and that’s going to be a lifelong process.”
The panel could take weeks to reach a decision.
Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible for killing his daughter and two sons at his family’s home because he was experiencing psychosis at the time. According to reports, he thought he was saving his children from sexual and physical abuse, though there is no evidence that suggested this was the case.
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