Efforts renewed to prevent Schoenborn from achieving escorted leave

JASON HEWLETT / Kamloops Daily News
January 8, 2012 01:00 AM

In 90 days, Allan Schoenborn will again be allowed to apply for escorted leave from a Port Coquitlam psychiatric facility.

Which is why one of the key players in a previous campaign to keep the child killer from being granted leave is again bringing the matter to the public and politicians' attention.

"At this stage, there's two things we're trying to do, keep him in or make sure the review board realizes he isn't even deserving of a review at this point," Dave Teixeira, a social media and communications expert in Port Coquitlam, said Monday.

Teixeira connected with Schoenborn's ex-wife Darcie Clarke and her family last April after the B.C. Board of Review announced the child killer would be allowed escorted leave outside the facility he's lodged in.

Schoenborn was found not criminally responsible two winters ago for the murder of his children - aged five, eight and 10 - four years ago in Merritt.

Already shocked by the murders and upset at the thought of Schoenborn being outside the facility's walls, Teixeira was equally stunned when he learned Clarke lived in Port Coquitlam.

"It just didn't make any sense to me, so I decided to make some noise on it," he said, adding he's since befriended Clarke.

He organized rallies in the days that followed the review panel's decision. In the end, Schoenborn himself decided against the escorted leave, saying he had no idea his ex-wife lived in the community.

Being not criminally responsible for his action, Schoenborn is again allowed to request short, supervised trips outside the facility. Teixeira doesn't want to see that happen, he said.

And he wants to hold politicians' feet to the fire after promises were made by then Attorney General Barry Penner that he would pursue legislative changes to prevent this kind of review from happening annually.

"Here we are a year later and nothing legislatively has changed," said Teixeira. "We're going to continue to make some noise."

In 2008, while visiting Clarke's home while she was out, Schoenborn stabbed to death his daughter Kaitlynne, 10, and smothered his sons Max, 8, and Cordon, 5.

He hid out in the hills above Merritt until he was found by a resident and subsequently arrested. Schoenborn was charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

After a lengthy trial, a judge found that Schoenborn was not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.

A week after the first decision was released, board chairman Bernd Walter ordered a new hearing, saying the board wasn't aware when it made its first decision that Clarke lived in Coquitlam because her address wasn't listed on her victim impact statement.

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