Where to even start...
Dad BLAIR EVAN DONNELLY killed his teenage daughter back in 2006, but he was found not guilty by virture of "mental disorder." So in 2009, the nitwit "review board" granted him "unescorted overnight visits," and just what do you think happened? Daddy stabs another person! While high on cocaine no less! Great job, review board! More Canadian killer daddy coddling at its finest!
But no, the stupidity doesn't end there. No sir! Judge Peter Gulbransen sentences Daddy to just 45 days AT THE SAME FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL. And five days later, the review board affirms that Daddy would retain his "access to the community" privileges! What the f***? And I can't believe the judge called the stabbing death of a teenage girl a crime that is "not of particular severity." Sickening!
All of this helps explain why a daddy killer like ALLAN SCHOENBORN who slaughtered his three children also got coddled with "community access" privileges. We've reported on his case before, and how the children's mother is terrified that he will target her next.
Killer father stabbed friend while out on pass from psych hospitalBy Kim Bolan, Postmedia News April 29, 2011
VANCOUVER - A mentally ill B.C. man who killed his teenage daughter later stabbed another person while out on an overnight pass from Port Coquitlam's Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the Vancouver Sun has learned.
Blair Evan Donnelly was living in Kitimat, B.C., when he stabbed to death his 16-year-old daughter, Stephanie, in November 2006.
He was charged with second-degree murder, but later was found not guilty due to a mental disorder and sent to the Port Coquitlam forensic hospital that houses several high-profile killers.
The B.C. Review Board granted Donnelly unescorted overnight visits for up to 28 days in a February 2009 decision.
While out on a pass in Surrey a few months later - and high on cocaine - he stabbed a former resident of the hospital while visiting him.
Donnelly, 51, pleaded guilty to assaulting his friend, identified in court documents as Mr. Romanik, according to transcripts obtained by the Sun.
Surrey provincial court Judge Peder Gulbransen sentenced him on Jan. 26, 2010 to 45 days back at the same hospital.
Just five days later, the B.C. Review Board ruled that Donnelly would still have ``escorted access to the community depending on his mental condition.''
No one at the hospital immediately called back Thursday to confirm whether Donnelly has been out in the community over the last year - nor did Review Board chair Bernd Walter respond to an interview request.
There has been public outrage in recent weeks after revelations that several killers, including Allan Schoenborn, have been granted the ability to go on day trips from the same forensic hospital.
Last week, Schoenborn, who killed his three children in the midst of a psychotic episode, withdrew his request to leave the hospital after his ex- wife's family expressed their concerns.
B.C. Attorney General Barry Penner has asked Ottawa to change the Criminal Code to make it more difficult for killers who have been found not guilty due to mental illness to be released into the community.
In a statement Thursday, Penner said he has asked the federal government to ensure ``that the Review Board be required to give paramount consideration to public safety.
``I also believe the requirement to hold a review at least every 12 months should be extended to a period of three to five years in cases of serious offences,'' Penner said. ``I look forward to pursuing this important matter further following the federal election.''
In addition to the Schoenborn case, the Sun has revealed that over the last several months, child killer Kimberley Noyes also has been granted escorted access to the community. So has a Metro Vancouver man identified in court documents only as JRV, who shot to death his wife.
The Surrey judge who sentenced Donnelly last year noted that the case was very unusual and would concern the public.
``The actual crime in this case is not of particular severity, but it is the context that makes it more serious, because Mr. Donnelly was found not guilty by reason of mental disorder of the second degree murder of his daughter,'' Gulbransen said at sentencing.
``He seemed to have made a good recovery, and it seems as well that the medical authorities had difficulty in categorizing Mr. Donnelly's illness because he has only had a few episodes of psychotic behaviour . . . with quite catastrophic consequences, though.''
In the middle of Donnelly's October 2009 Surrey visit, he ``in a sudden and unexpected act, grabbed a knife, used it in a menacing way towards Mr. Romanik, '' the judge said.
``There was a struggle and Mr. Romanik got his hand cut, but he ran away, followed by Mr. Donnelly. He ran back into his house, locked himself in his house and phoned the police. Mr. Donnelly fled and was found a day later. He was clearly in a very severe psychotic state and was eventually returned to (Forensic Psychiatric Hospital) where he has now been the subject of a strict disposition of his status in that institution for the next year, strict custody. ''
Gulbransen said that while Donnelly had no criminal record prior to the Surrey stabbing, ``the elephant in the room'' is that ``he killed his daughter with a knife some four years ago, and this is another event which happened completely unexpectedly, this time perhaps with the taking of some cocaine, putting him over the edge.''
The Crown noted that Donnelly ``can deteriorate very quickly into a psychotic state,'' Gulbransen said.
``In such a state he is very dangerous; therefore, the Crown's view is that there has to be something done to indicate protection of the public,'' he said.
But Donnelly's lawyer argued that the public was already protected by the B. C. Review Board.
``He is under the kind of restrictions by the Review Board that will protect the public wholly and the court does not have to worry about that,'' Gulbransen said in summarizing the defence position.
``I tend to agree on the protection of the public issue, although if this man were not confined somewhere subject to the Review Board, of course, I would consider how a sentence would protect the public, but I am satisfied that that has already been done.''