South African mother sent for psychiatric assessment following suspected murder of three girls


South African mother Dr Lauren Dickason who was charged with the murder of her three daughters has been sent for a psychological assessment. It comes after a brief appearance before Judge Dominic Dravitzki in Timaru District Court on Saturday, as Reuters reports.

The bodies of twins Maya and Karla, 2, and their older sister Liane, 6, were discovered by their father, Dr Graham Dickason, on his way home from work.

Timaru police described the crime as isolated, while a policeman declaration read: “The investigation into this tragedy is still in its early stages, but we can confirm that no one else is wanted for the deaths of the three children.

However, according to several reports, it is alleged that the children were strangled with cable ties. Graham, Lauren and their children moved to New Zealand last month and had been in Timaru for just a week after being released from New Zealand’s Strictly Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ).

Lauren Dickason, 40, is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday, October 5.

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Photo: Facebook / Graham Dickason

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