**Updated** Nova Scotia man who killed grandparents, mother in 2015 granted more freedoms

**Updated at 1:47 p.m.**

A mentally ill Nova Scotia man who killed his mother and two grandparents in 2015 has been granted unescorted day passes from a secure hospital.

A team of mental-health professionals told the Criminal Code Review Board Tuesday that Codey Reginald Hennigar should be granted more freedoms, having shown no signs of violence or psychotic symptoms.

Dr. Scott Theriault told the board the 33-year-old man was ready to be given more freedoms, having completed all programming at the East Coast Forensic Hospital and having been successful on escorted trips into the community.

The Crown had argued his privileges should not be broadened, and Hennigar's younger brother Chandler told the board he didn't believe he was ready, and didn't think it was right to give such privileges to someone who had killed their family only three years earlier.

But Peter Lederman, the board's chairman, said Hennigar must be given a chance to integrate back into the community, under the strict monitoring and control of the hospital.

He was granted unescorted day passes, but Lederman stressed that Hennigar still has to work his way up to that level of freedom, likely by first having unescorted access to the hospital grounds.

Hennigar was arrested in January 2015 after the bodies of his mother and her parents were found following a fire inside a home in Wyses Corner.

He was tried on three counts of second-degree murder and was found not criminally responsible in January 2017 for the killings because of psychotic delusions caused by schizophrenia.

At the time, Crown attorney Mark Heerema said the victims died of a combination of blunt-force injuries to the head and smoke inhalation, and that at least one of the victims was still alive when the fire was set.