UPDATE: Allan Schoenborn requests supervised outings to BC Review Board

WATCH: Allan Schoenborn admitted to killing his three children in Merritt seven years ago. Now he requesting for supervised outings into the community. John Hua reports.

The man found not criminally responsible for the deaths of his three children in Merritt in 2008 appeared before a BC Review Board this morning to request supervised community outings.

Allan Schoenborn admitted to killing his three children in April 2008, 10-year-old Kaitlynne, eight-year-old Max, and five-year-old Cordon. However, he was found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

Schoenborn has been in a psychiatric facility in metro Vancouver since 2010.

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Today, Schoenborn and the institution are recommending he be granted access to staff-supervised community outings within the next year. According to his psychiatrist, Schoenborn has shown significant and reasonable progress and has only been in one violent incident in the past year.

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The incident referred to by the facility involved another patient and both were at fault. The pair had a history of antagonizing each other.

His psychiatrist went on to say that although Schoenborn has been given every freedom possible within his unit at the hospital, he is not ready to live in the community. If released into the community without supervision, his doctors feel he would be exposed to stresses and substance abuse risks; which could lead to acts of verbal and physical aggression.

However the Crown contends Schoenborn is not ready for the outings and pointed out he sleeps between 14 and 16 hours a day and keeps himself very isolated within the unit.

Based on the Crown’s presentation, the hearing could go into a second day. Schoenborn’s mother, who has moved to B.C. from Manitoba, is the only family member who maintains a relationship with him.

Last February, the board rejected his request to apply for escorted day passes. His doctors said that granting him passes poses a danger to the public due to his unresolved anger control issues.

Court sketch of Allan Schoenborn in front of BC Review Board. Felicity Don, Artist

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