Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Who Killed Children Struggles with Anger Management: Psychiatrist

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Who Killed Children Struggles with Anger Management: Psychiatrist

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Man who killed kids has anger trouble: doctor

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COQUITLAM, B.C. - A man found not criminally responsible for killing his three children because of a mental disorder is making slow progress but still faces serious anger issues, a psychiatrist says.

Dr. Marcel Hediger told a British Columbia Review Board hearing Wednesday that it's unlikely he would recommend Allan Schoenborn be granted supervised outings into the community within the next year, saying he would first need to see a sustained period of at least six months of healthy anger management.

The board granted the director of a psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam, B.C., the discretion to allow Schoenborn escorted outings into the community two years ago, but he still hasn't been allowed to leave.

"Mr. Schoenborn quite consistently doesn't feel he has a significant anger-management issue," Hediger told the three-person panel.

"He does say he has a short fuse, but that is the extent to which Mr. Schoenborn acknowledges he has a significant management issue."

Hediger said he believes anger played a role when Schoenborn stabbed his 10-year-old daughter Kaitlynne and smothered his sons Max and Cordon, eight and five, at the family's home in Merritt in April 2008. Schoenborn has repeatedly denied that anger factored into the killings, Hediger added.

The hearing ended Wednesday without a conclusion and another date to complete the arguments hasn't been set.

The brother of Schoenborn's former spouse, Mike Clarke, told reporters during a break in proceedings about the toll the process is taking on his family.

"It's a day-by-day thing for my sister," he said. "As time goes by it's getting a little worse for her."

It is clear Schoenborn needs a lot of treatment, Clarke added, saying he wants the man who killed his niece and nephews locked up "until the day he eventually passes away from old age."

Crown attorney Wendy Dawson asked the three-person review panel to reverse a 2015 decision giving the hospital director the discretion to authorize supervised excursions, arguing Schoenborn poses too much of a risk.

She said Schoenborn's anger issues are entrenched and that any earlier progress was a ploy to earn privileges from the review board. …

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