Allan Schoenborn’s living victims are devastated by news today the mentally ill man who murdered his daughter and two sons in 2008 could be granted some freedom as early as next year.
“She’s been with this man for ten to fifteen years before this happened. You know, he’s always been mentally ill.”
Stacy Galt, who speaks for Schoenborn’s ex-wife Darcie Clarke, says he’s still a high risk to re-offend.
“Five years of being in there and he still is no better. He still has violent acts of aggression.”
Galt says the family will take legal action to have the BC Review Board’s ruling overturned, but it’s possible Schoenborn’s escorted day passes will start within six months.
The decision comes a month after prosecutors argued the 47-year old is still too dangerous to leave a psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam.
Documents from the BC Review Board detailing the potential release seem fairly by the book, they state:
- Schoenborn must not possess guns, explosives or other weapons.
- He has to stay away from alcohol and drugs, unless the drug is doctor-approved.
- He may be submitted to drug-testing.
- He’s been ordered to stay away from Darcie Clark and other family and associates.
- He has to be on good behaviour, and present himself before the review board ‘when required.”
Schoenborn is doing better at controlling his anger.
The BC Review Board says Schoenborn’s progress in anger management, and the persuasive testimony from his psychologist, led to their decision to approve escorted day passes.
In Reasons for Disposition posted on the Review Board website, the board says it trusts expert opinion that triple child-killer Allan Schoenborn is doing better at controlling his anger.
It also says the board took into account that Schoenborn maintained a calm demeanor in a high-pressure setting during what it calls “aggressive” cross-examination by Crown during the review hearing.
Schoenborn’s psychiatrist says he remains free of psychotic symptoms, that medication is working, and that Schoenborn has demonstrated restraint when provoked by other patients.
The board took into account the psychiatrist’s opinion that while Schoenborn has further work to do in developing coping strategies, he is ready for the privilege of escorted community access.
Associates of the family plan to appeal the matter and hope to have it overturned in court.
“It is just an insult to the community, it is an insult to justice, and it is an insult to the victims.”
BC’s Senior Tory member of parliament is not happy with the BC Review Board decision granting child killer Allan Schoenborn escorted day passes into the community.
James Moore says the review board process has failed by issuing what he called a “gross” decision.
“It is very clear to me that this BC review Board process is very flawed because there is too much power in the hands of too few people and it is crystal clear that victims are not taken into account nor is community safety.”
Moore says while the federal government writes laws it is the provincial governments obligation to apply the laws.
“I hope what this prompts is wholesale review of this process by the provincial government.”
Moore says the review board has failed with this decision.
“It is an awful failure of our system when the system itself is re-victimizing victims. That is what has happened here. Allan Schoenborn should not be given days passes. There is a clear rot in our system that allows this to happen with such a clear disregard for just a basic understanding of justice.”
He says his heart goes out to Darcie Clarke and her family who Moore says have been victimized all over again.