Family of 3 slain children fears father who killed them remains high-risk

The family of three murdered B.C. children whose father stabbed and smothered them fears he will unleash harm in the community if he is granted limited release, despite his psychiatrist’s assurances.

COQUITLAM, B.C. — The family of three murdered B.C. children whose father stabbed and smothered them fears he will unleash harm in the community if he is granted limited release, despite his psychiatrist’s assurances.

An annual B.C. Review Board hearing has resumed for Allan Schoenborn, who was found guilty but not criminally responsible for killing his children in their Merritt, B.C., home in April 2008.

Schoenborn’s psychiatrist is recommending supervised outings into the community from the forensic hospital in Coquitlam, east of Vancouver, where he lives in custody.

But Stacy Galt, the cousin of the children’s mother Darcie Clarke, says she believes Schoenborn’s doctors are working hard to paint him as low-risk.

She says evidence has proven Schoenborn is violent and believes that if he is given escorted freedom he will escape and go after his children’s mother.

The Crown is also arguing Schoenborn shouldn’t be released, in part because he has refused to take any programming outside of anger-management therapy and chaplain visits while incarcerated.