A South African mother who is believed to have killed her three children by strangling them with cable ties in New Zealand was excused from court on Tuesday – but proceedings are set to resume once more, in 10 days’ time. Lauren Dickason remains in a psychiatric facility, after she committed an act of unfathomable cruelty.
Lauren Dickason latest updates: Long wait for a trial date…
Proceedings were brief on Tuesday morning, but some progress was made: A trial date was set down for the mom, but she is still yet to file her plea: There’s every chance that ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’ will be considered, here.
Dickason is now due to attend court on Friday 15 October, but there’s no guarantee that she will arrive in person. Justice Rachel Dunningham has set the trial down for March 2023, with the following factors cited for the long timescale:
- A psychiatric report still needs to be completed, and then reviewed by the presiding judge.
- Further assessments will be required for Lauren Dickason and her mental state over the next 18 months.
- It could take a while for a plea to be entered, as the defence weighs up every option available.
Father left ‘isolated’ by family killings
The Dickason family had emigrated to New Zealand from South Africa, just weeks before they were blighted by tragedy. All five of them, including dad Graham, a six-year-old girl, and twins aged two, had to complete a 14-day isolation period before heading to their new home in Timaru.
Graham, an orthopedic surgeon, had attended a work function on Thursday 16 September. When he returned home, he discovered the lifeless bodies of his three children, and quickly realised his wife Lauren was responsible.
However, in an incredible display of understanding and compassion, Graham Dickason has asked the public to forgive his wife for her actions – just as he has done. The SA citizen is also contemplating a move back home to Mzansi.