Father sobs in witness stand while describing children’s murders

The B.C. father sobbed as he sat in the witness stand at his murder trial and described killing his children.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A B.C. father sobbed as he sat in the witness stand at his murder trial and described killing his children.

Allan Schoenborn told a B.C. Supreme Court judge that he swung a knife or cleaver at the neck of his 10-year-old daughter, Kaitlynne.

He says he then suffocated his two sons – eight-year-old Max and five-year-old Cordon – with a plastic bag.

The 41-year-old gasped and cried as he told the court that he did it because he feared they were being molested.

Schoenborn is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of the children, whose bodies were found by their mother in their Merritt, B.C., home in April 2008.

The defence says he should be found not criminally responsible for the killings due to mental disorder, but the Crown contends the murders were an act of revenge against the children’s mother.