The Crown continues to argue child-killer Allan Schoenborn should be designated as a “high-risk accused.”
Schoenborn did not attend Wednesday’s hearing in New Westminster. He was found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder for killing his three children in Merritt in 2008.
The designation would reduce the number of hearings Schoenborn would be allowed to request freedom from his forensic psychiatric hospital in Port Coquitlam. Right now, he gets a review hearing every year, and that could be delayed to every three years.
The “high-risk” law was brought in by the Harper government.
Schoenborn’s lawyer is arguing he cannot be labelled as such because the law was introduced several years after his trial ended.
The Crown disagrees, saying he was ultimately not convicted of a crime, so his case is not bound by concerns over being subject to retrospective laws.
The label was brought in under Bill C-54 last year. The Liberals opposed it, saying it further stigmatized mental illness.
Dave Teixeira, who speaks for the family of Schoenborn’s children, says the Liberals have avoided meeting with them.
“I do hope that now that (Justin Trudeau) is not in third place opposition and that he is now governing the country that he and his party will meet with us once this is out of the judicial side of things.”
The judge is expected to hand down her ruling on Dec. 8.