Just Cuz

Topics: Mental disorder, Mental health, Psychiatry Pages: 2 (571 words) Published: March 16, 2013
Recovery of mentally ill helped with support system.

PORT CONQUITLAM, B.C. – Allan Schoenborn is a familiar face to the Canadian public eye. The man found not criminally responsible for the killing of his three children in April 2008 due to a mental disorder, is requesting to move to Selkirk, Manitoba to be closer to his mother. “My family is in Winnipeg and I was born and raised in Winnipeg. It’s the right place for me”, stated Schoenborn. The crown and his treatment team supporting his idea to move, backing up the “long recovery of mental illness would help with a support system” says one of the jury members; referring to his family in Winnipeg. Allan Schoenborn murdered his daughter and two sons in their Merritt, B.C. trailer home in April 2008, but was found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder. He stabbed his 10-year old daughter Kaitlynne and then smothered Max, 8 and Cordon, 5 leaving their bodies to be found by their mother, Darcie Clarke.

Allan Schoenborn admitted killing his children, 10-year-old Kaitlynne, eight-year-old Max and five-year-old Cordon, who were found slain in their mother’s home in Merritt, B.C.

The trial heard the defense claims that Schoenborn presumed it was his duty to kill the children to protect them from a life of drugs and sexual abuse. Thinking there was no other way for him to protect them except to kill them. No evidence was ever presented to suggest the children were being abused. The essential issue presented in the trial was Schoenborn’s state of mind at the time of the killings in 2008. His lawyer argued he was insane and therefore not criminally responsible, while B.C. Crown, Robert Powers, found the killings were deliberate and planned by Schoenborn, expressing he was sane at the time and murdered his children out of revenge against his ex-wife, who had rejected his pleas to renew their relationship. Schoenborn spoke out twice during the readings of Powers judgment, saying only,...
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