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Criminal Justice Branch seeks high-risk designation for B.C. dad who killed kids

VICTORIA — British Columbia's Criminal Justice Branch has filed a court application to have Allan Schoenborn declared high risk.

The man who killed his three children at their Merritt, B.C., home in 2008 began living in a psychiatric hospital two years later.

The branch says it will seek to have Schoenborn declared a "high risk accused" in court next Thursday because he was found not criminally responsible for the deaths due to a mental disorder.

Such a high-risk finding would not mean Schoenborn is never allowed to leave the hospital and could still be allowed escorted outings.

In May, the B.C. Review Board renewed Schoenborn's detention for another year but he was granted escorted access to the community at the discretion of the hospital's director.

Despite the public uproar, the Criminal Justice Branch did not appeal the decision, saying there was no legal basis to do so.

The Canadian Press

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