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Allan Schoenborn thought ex-wife was leaving town with lover, murder trial told

Just days before a B.C. father killed his three children, he had suspicions that his ex-common law wife was going to take off with her lover, a B.C. court has heard.

Under cross-examination by the Crown, defence psychiatrist Roy O'Shaughnessy said he interviewed Allan Schoenborn a few weeks after the children were found dead in their home in April, 2008.

During the interview, Dr. O'Shaughnessy said, Mr. Schoenborn told him that he believed the children's mother was preparing to leave town with a lover and take the children with her.

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Mr. Schoenborn has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder, and his defence is trying to prove that he's not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

The Crown claims he killed the children in an act of jealous revenge against their mother.

The defence psychiatrist told the judge that Mr. Schoenborn's constant false accusations against his wife were not the suspicions of a jealous spouse, but were the psychotic behaviour of a mentally ill man.

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