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South African mother Lauren Dickason found guilty of murdering three daughters in New Zealand

South African mother Lauren Dickason found guilty of murdering three daughters in New Zealand
Lauren Anne Dickason is on trial in the Christchurch High Court, New Zealand, charged with murdering her daughters - Liané (6), and twins Maya and Karla (2). (Photo: Screenshot from YouTube)

A jury found a South African woman guilty on Wednesday of murdering her three young daughters, with media saying she faced a life sentence for each killing.

Lauren Anne Dickason killed her two-year-old twins and their six-year-old sister in September 2021 at their home in Timaru, a city of 29,000 on the South Island, about a month after the family had migrated from South Africa.

Media reported a majority verdict by a jury of eight women and four men held Dickason was not insane at the time of the killings and was guilty of murder, following a month-long high court trial in the city of Christchurch.

Her husband Graham had found the three children dead and his wife in a serious condition upon arriving home after a dinner with colleagues, New Zealand media have previously said.

Read more in Daily Maverick: SA ‘Killer Mum’ Lauren Dickason’s New Zealand murder trial is a chillingly strange, sad and complex affair

The prosecution said Dickason knew when she killed her daughters that what she was doing was morally wrong and the act was murder, according to broadcaster Radio New Zealand.

Some of the jury were heard crying as they left the courtroom, media said.

The judge, Cameron Mander, remanded Dickason to custody in a hospital psychiatric unit until her sentencing. She has been in hospital since the murders. DM/Reuters

Reporting by Lucy Craymer; Editing by Clarence Fernandez.


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  • Jane Crankshaw says:

    A tragic tale and so many unanswered questions…eg. the husband returned from dinner with a colleague to find his children dead….was the colleague male or female? As a doctor who suspected or should have seen his wife’s prior unusual behaviour and depression – why did he not act? Or if he did, how? Was Lauren happy to emigrate leaving her friends and family behind? All these questions and more have a bearing on her actions – it’s not just a question of her actions being morally wrong …One hopes that her sentencing takes into account the possible sharing of blame although one suspects she’s wishing NZ had the death sentence.

  • Colleen Dardagan says:

    I wonder where her parents are? What a terrible, terrible tragedy.

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