MONTREAL - Guy Turcotte, the Quebec doctor found not criminally responsible for killing his two young children, is allowed to take unescorted bike rides from a mental hospital, QMI Agency has learned.
He leaves the Pinel institute nearly every day despite the fact a review board and his ex-wife insist he's still dangerous.
Turcotte stabbed five-year-old son Olivier son and three-year-old daughter Anne-Sophie 46 times amid a crumbling marriage in 2009.
A jury decided last year that the 40-year-old wouldn't be sent to prison because he was depressed, anxious and suicidal at the time of the slayings.
The bike rides are not violations of the former cardiologist's confinement conditions.
The review board ruled in June that while Turcotte must remain in hospital, he has the right to leave the premises to allow for "the transition between his current environment and life in the ... outside world."
As of this month, Turcotte has been allowed to leave Pinel for between eight and 16 hours a day and can even sleep over at relatives' homes.
He admitted he killed his children after his marriage to fellow doctor Isabelle Gaston fell apart. But he says he blacked out and doesn't remember the details.
Turcotte told his murder trial that he had grown despondent after he found out Gaston was having an affair with a mutual friend.
Jurors accepted the defence's argument that Turcotte didn't know what he was doing when he took the knife to his children.
They acquitted him of two counts of first-degree murder, provoking a storm of outrage across Canada.
Turcotte will be re-evaluated in November and has the right to request his freedom.
The Crown believes the killer deserves jail time and prosecutors have asked the Quebec Court of Appeal to order a new trial.
The appeals court is expected to make a ruling early next year.