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This is where I vomit. When I do, I'll try and stand over the Review Board Chairman's head. Reminds me of Li.

B.C. Review Board chairman says dad who killed kids could get absolute discharge

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Tue Feb 23, 7:14 PM

By The Canadian Press
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A father who was found not criminally responsible for murdering his three children could be granted an absolute discharge if it's determined he doesn't pose a threat to the public, says the chairman of the B.C. Review Board.

Bernd Walter said Tuesday that it's hard to know what will happen in the case of 41-year-old Allan Schoenborn.

The review board will need to go through all the psychiatric reports presented at Schoenborn's trial before making its decision within the next three months, Walter said.

"It can detain Mr. Schoenborn at the forensic psychiatrist hospital presumably for a year until another hearing is held or it could release him into the community under various forms of psychiatric monitoring and supervision."

Judge Robert Powers said in his ruling on Monday that although Schoenborn is guilty of murdering his daughter and two sons in April 2008 he can't be held responsible because he was in a psychotic state.

Schoenborn was babysitting 10-year-old Kaitlynne, eight-year-old Max and five-year-old Cordon at their home when he murdered them.

The children's mother discovered their bodies.


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Just shocking!

And these people are paid with tax payer dollars.


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I understand there are times when people are crazy and do bad things.

ubt I do hope this man never gets out of the mental hospital.

years ago in Calgary, there was a mega rich woman, who drove to the USA, bought a gun, came back and shot her husband 6 times, hitting him once (bad shot... I always remember that fact since it was point blank).

Anyway, they sent her to the looney bin but let her out after only 60 days.

that was not appropriate. And it would be an outrage if they let this man out ever.


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Allan Schoenborn up for review at psychiatric hospital
CBC News Posted: Feb 15, 2013 5:44 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 15, 2013 7:28 AM PT Read 3 comments3
Allan Schoenborn will get his fourth review on Friday. (RCMP)

The B.C. man found not criminally responsible for killing his three children in Merritt in 2008 is scheduled to get his fourth review hearing at today at the Colony Farm Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam.

Allan Schoenborn has had three review hearings so far and each time his former wife and her family have said they are fearful he will be released.

Under existing laws, Schoenborn is entitled to an annual hearing before the B.C. Review Board at the hospital he now calls home.

In 2011, the review board ruled he should be eligible for escorted visits in Port Coquitlam, near his former wife's home in Coquitlam, but the decision was reversed following widespread community outrage.

Mike Clark says his sister, Darcie, who is Schoenborn's estranged wife, remains terrified he will be released.

"If he were to get out of jail, or out of where he is now being held, he would go after my sister and he would finish the job that he started," says Clark.

Last week, the federal Conservative government announced new amendments to the Criminal Code that include stringent restrictions for people found not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the changes would create a new legal designation to protect the public from an accused person designated as "high-risk non-criminally responsible" and ensure victims would be notified when they are discharged.

Review board chair questions amendments
But Bernd Walter, the chairman of the B.C. Review Board, says the new amendments could actually have the opposite of the desired effect by discouraging plea bargains that see mentally ill offenders opt for treatment.

"You're going to have a lot more mentally disordered people who have gone to jail for a period of time, have been untreated, and are back on the street untreated. So in that sense it doesn't really make people much safer," said Walter.

Defence lawyers may be less inclined to enter a plea of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder if the result is a three-year minimum sentence, Walters says.

"Nobody was at risk with the previous system from the review board process. Recidivism is much lower than for the convicted population, and they're already spending three to five times longer indoors, so the question becomes, 'What is it that we're trying to fix here?'" Walter said.

The last time Schoenborn faced a B.C. Review Board hearing, he was severely beaten afterwards by another patient. Hospital officials believe the assault was brought on by his notoriety.