No appeal after child-killer Allan Schoenborn wasn’t designated ‘high-risk accused’

No appeal after child-killer Allan Schoenborn wasn’t designated ‘high-risk accused’ - image

The BC Prosecution Service will not be appealing a court ruling earlier this month that failed to declare a man who admitted to killing his three children as a “high-risk accused.”

This means Allan Schoenborn will have yearly hearings to determine if he should get more freedom.

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The decision not to appeal brings to an end a two-year battle to have Schoenborn declared a “high-risk accused.”

That designation would have limited the number of hearings he is entitled to.

Although Schoenborn admitted killing his three children in Merrit in April of 2008, he was found not criminally responsible.

He’s been staying at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital at Colony Farm since 2010, and after a hearing last year, was approved escorted passes into the community. None of the passes have actually been taken.

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The Crown says that despite its decision not to appeal, it is still able to oppose escorted day passes for Schoenborn in the future.

Schoenborn’s estranged wife and mother of the three children killed, Darcie Clarke, released a statement saying they were hoping for an appeal, but said they will now focus on what’s ahead.

“We are preparing to block Allan’s request for additional freedoms at his upcoming B.C. Review Board hearing on November 10. That is where we are focusing our energies – not on what we can’t do, but on what we can do.”

In her statement she thanks everyone who’s supported her over the last almost 10 years.

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