- The police in New Zealand have taken a South African woman into custody for murdering her three daughters
- The woman had recently moved oversea and it has been reported that the bodies of the children were discovered by their father
- A former caregiver of the children says the news of their murder has left her feeling shattered, adding that the family seemed normal
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TIMARU - Law enforcement officials in New Zealand have arrested a South African woman who murdered her three young children in their home in Timaru, New Zealand on Thursday.
40-Year-old Lauren Dickason is facing murder charges and will make a court appearance in the Timaru District Court on Saturday morning.
According to News24, she killed her twin girls, named Maya and Karla, who were two years old, and their six-year-old sister, Liane. According to reports, the girls were discovered by their father, Graham.
Upon discovering the bodies, neighbours stated that the father was heard screaming and asking: "Is this really happening?"
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According to TimesLIVE, Lauren and Graham were orthopaedic doctors who previously lived in Pretoria. The family is said to have moved to New Zealand at the end of August. Before moving to their home in Tiramu a week ago, they were under Covid-19 quarantine.
Former caregiver says the Dickasons were a normal family
Maria Mandy Sibanyoni told TimesLIVE that she never noticed anything amiss when she worked for the family while they were still living in Pretoria. Sibanyoni told the publication that the news of the three children's murder left her shattered. She says the girls were wonderful kids who always listened well.
She went on to say that she never saw any fighting while she was still employed by them. Sibanyoni says she last had a conversation with Lauren in June when the family was busy with making preparations she said Lauren seemed fine and she was happy.
Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu facing additional charges, allegedly plotted to kill investigating officer
Briefly News previously reported that Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu, the former constable at the Tembisa South Police Station who had her family killed for money, will be facing additional charges after it was discovered she had planned to murder the officer who was investigating her.
Ndlovu is currently standing trial in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, Johannesburg for executing plots to murder six family members and attempting to kill seven others, including her mother and sister, to collect insurance policy payouts.
After the discovery of her plan to kill the investigating officer while in prison, Ndlovu was moved from the Johannesburg Prison and she is now being held at the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria, reports EWN.