Review hearing for child-killer Allan Schoenborn held in Coquitlam

A review hearing for B.C. child-killer Allan Schoenborn was held Wednesday morning in Coquitlam.
He appeared in a blue button-down shirt, black t-shirt and jeans.Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible for killing his three young children 14 years ago.He stabbed and smothered his 10-year-old daughter plus eight- and five-year-old sons in Merritt in April 2008.Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible in 2010 on a diagnosis of a delusional disorder.On Wednesday, the review was centered around the possibility of Schoenborn being allowed to live in a B.C. community, outside of the hospital.Global News has learned Schoenborn applied to have his name legally changed in February. He also sought a certificate for the name change and a B.C. identity card. Story continues below advertisement

Global News also learned in March that an application was submitted seeking to ban his new legal name from being used in upcoming hearings, which is now pending a review.

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A psychiatrist, who had been treating him for the last two years, stated she believed there has been no change in his diagnosis as far as his mental state and delusional disorder are concerned, which she believes is being managed through medication.Crown has maintained that Schoenborn is a significant risk to the safety of the public.Schoenborn’s psychiatrist said the three main sources that could increase his risk for violence include his psychotic illness, personality difficulties, and if he were able to access substances like alcohol.

The hearing took place at the psychiatric hospital on Colony Farm Road, where Schoenborn has been held since 2010.The man is now in his mid-50s and was granted unescorted overnight leave for up to 28 days in 2022.This granted leave came after he was previously granted eligibility at the hospital for leave into the community, which was unescorted but not overnight.

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Some of the conditions placed on Schoenborn include no non-prescribed drugs or alcohol, no weapons, and no contact with relatives of his victims.A victims’ rights advocate told Global News that any time Schoenborn has a hearing, it is quite hard on the family of the victims. Story continues below advertisement

Global News has also learned that Schoenborn and his legal counsel may be trying to block media coverage of his hearings with an application.“We just don’t know what is going to happen; (the family) is on pins and needles,” victims’ rights advocate Dave Teixeira said.“This added layer that the child killer, and his lawyer, have put forward these applications to prevent information from getting into the public realm and it is just not a good feeling.”

B.C. child killer Allan Schoenborn granted unescorted leave

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