Province won’t appeal Schoenborn day trips ruling

No legal grounds to fight decision allowing child killer supervised trips outside psychiatric hospital

Allan Schoenborn killed his three children in Merritt in 2008 but was found not criminally responsible.

Allan Schoenborn killed his three children in Merritt in 2008 but was found not criminally responsible.

The provincial government will not appeal the B.C. Review Board’s decision to grant escorted day trips to Allan Schoenborn, who was found not criminally responsible for killing his three children in a 2008 psychiatric episode.

Attorney General Suzanne Anton said prosecutors with the Criminal Justice Branch concluded the province had no likelihood of meeting the legal requirements for an appeal.

“I am confident they have reviewed all possible avenues for appeal,” Anton said. “None of us are terribly happy about this.”

Darcie Clark, the slain children’s mother, accused the province of paying victims “lip service” but not backing that up with action.

“We thought the B.C. government was our partner in this fight,” Clarke said in a statement, adding she is now in anguish.

“I will now live in consistent fear that he will move ahead with his threats against me, because as he has said, I am “unfinished business.”

Escorted day trips would be at the discretion of the director of Colony Farm psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam. The review board’s approval does not necessarily mean Schoenborn will leave the facility.