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Allan Schoenborn improving, but not ready for outings: doctor

Last Updated Jan 10, 2019 at 7:44 pm PST

Allan Schoenborn is shown in an undated RCMP handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - BC RCMP)

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – A B.C. man convicted but not found criminally responsible for killing his three children in 2008 has shown improvement but is not ready for outings, according to Allan Schoenborn’s doctor.

That’s what a B.C. Review Board heard on Thursday while deciding on whether or not Schoenborn should be granted day passes to leave the psychiatric hospital he is at.

WATCH: Review Board appearance for Schoenborn

Dr. Marcel Hediger told the board Schoenborn remains sensitive to comments that he believes belittle him or others around him.

A recent example, Hediger said, was a recent interaction with a staff member who tried to wake Schoenborn for a meal. The Dr. said Schoenborn argued against that and called the staff member’s clothing ridiculous.

Hediger’s main concern appears to be of how Schoenborn would act if antagonized by a community member while on an outing.

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Schoenborn is still considered paranoid and suspicious in the view of his doctors.

At the end of the hearing, the board reserved its decision on whether or not Schoenborn should be allowed to get escorted day passes into the community. A decision will be delivered at a later time.

Schoenborn has admitted to killing 10-year-old Kaitlynne, eight-year-old Max, and five-year-old Cordon in their home in Merritt more than a decade ago.

“I go through this every year, year after year after year,” said Mike Clarke, uncle of the three children killed. “It’s always an emotional time because my family, I get really bad calls from my mom and my sister. They’re always you could say sad, they’re also hurt, they’re also angry you know and they just don’t feel like they can get any closure knowing that he has a chance to get out on the street today.”

In August, 2017, a B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled Schoenborn does not meet the criteria for a “high-risk accused” designation. That designation would have meant Schoenborn would not be allowed to leave the Forensic Psychiatric Hosptial in Coquitlam, where he is currently being held.

-With files from Sonia Aslam and Denise Wong