Child-killer Allan Schoenborn’s request to be transferred to a psychiatric facility in Manitoba has been denied by a top official with province’s criminal justice branch.

Schoenborn has been held at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam since 2010, when he was found not criminally responsible for the 2008 slayings of his three children. The bodies of 10-year-old Kaitlynne, eight-year-old Max, and five-year-old Cordon were discovered by their mother on April 6, 2008 in their Diamond Vale home.

The B.C. Criminal Justice Branch denied Schoenborn’s request for a transfer to the Selkirk Psychiatric Hospital in Selkirk, Man. on July 29, citing public safety is not better served if Schoenborn were allowed the move.

Schoenborn requested the transfer during his annual release hearing in February, saying he wanted to be closer to family. The British Columbia Review Board, an independent body that reviews orders regarding people found not criminally responsible, recommended approval of the transfer a few hours after the hearing. Both B.C. and Manitoba Attorney General’s ministries would have had to approve the move for it to go forward, but the move was stopped by the B.C. justice branch.

Schoenborn was originally convicted of first-degree murder, but was found not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder.

Schoenborn was diagnosed with a mental illness in 1999.

Schoenborn’s ex-wife and the murdered children’s mother, Darcie Clarke, also has family in Manitoba.

NCR reform act

In May, Clarke’s family members publicly supported the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, which they worked on with members of the federal government for five years. The bill has since passed in the House of Commons and is being reviewed by the Senate.

The bill would change the release reviews for those found not criminally responsible from annual hearings to one every three years.

A preliminary draft of the bill also required notification to community members if a high-risk offender leaves or escapes from a facility, and also requires treating and classifying those with lengthy violent histories differently than those with mental disorders.

A May statement on Clarke’s victims’ advocacy website 4darcie.ca said the changes to the act will bring victims’ rights into balance with those of the people found not criminally responsible.

Escorted visits

In 2011, the B.C. Review Board granted Schoenborn permission to go on escorted visits into the community. That permission was revoked after members of Clarke’s family opposed the move, citing the fact she lived in the same community.

The board approved the request at the hearing, a year after Schoenborn’s conviction and exactly three years after he stabbed his children.

10-day manhunt

Schoenborn was arrested 10 days after the killings in the backcountry surrounding Merritt.

He was found and held by local hunter Kim Robinson until police arrived.

Schoenborn was severely dehydrated and was down to 90 pounds at five-feet, four inches tall when he was found.

Trailer still stands

The City of Merritt has ordered two cleanups of the Diamond Vale property where the murders took place in the last two years as neighbours complain of overgrown weeds on the unoccupied trailer’s lot. The owners of the trailer, who live out of town, didn’t respond to either of the orders, so the city hired a company to do the cleanup and sent them the bill, City of Merritt Bylaw Services Officer Bob Davis told the Herald.

Merritt residents have called for demolition of the trailer and a memorial erected in its place. It remains unoccupied.

-With files from Black Press reporter Tom Fletcher