- The South African mother who killed her three daughters in New Zealand will be entering a plea of not guilty
- Lauren Dickason who is a doctor from Pretoria is said to be in a psychiatric hospital and missed her court appearance
- Dickason murder her children shortly after the family had moved to New Zealand because her husband gotten a job offer in the country
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CHRISTCHURCH - Lauren Dickason, the South African doctor from Pretoria who stands accused of taking the lives of her three young daughters plans to hand in a plea of not guilty.
Dickason killed her children shortly after the family had relocated to New Zealand and were beginning to settle into their new home in Timaru in September.
According to News24, the Dickason family had relocated to New Zealand because Graham Dickason, who is the accused mother's husband taken employment in the country as an orthopaedic doctor. Graham, unfortunately, discovered the bodies of his children.
18 September was the date Dickason first appeared in court, just a few days after allegedly killing her children. Dickason first made her first court appearance on 18 September. She was then referred to a psychiatric hospital to have her mental health status.
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New Zealand publication, Stuff reported that Dickason is still in hospital and was unable to make it to her most recent video-link court appearance.
Dickason is scheduled to hand in her not guilty pleas in a written letter because she was unable to make her court appearance. Her please will be submitted to the court through her legal representation on Friday, 15 October.
Dickason's trial is set to begin in March 2023 and a review of her case will take place 17 December 2021. Dickason will be kept in custody until the trial begins or until the court decides otherwise.
Here's what South Africans had to say about the new developments of the case:
"No parent in their right mind will kill her on babies. This is the devil's work."
"Looks like she'll be going with the "it's really really hard being a mom" defense and it will probably work but I'll stick to NOT murdering my children because I don't have as much faith in the "it's really really hard being a dad" defense ...."
"If she is to be considered a victim as well, then I wonder whose the actual perpetrator?"
"So who did it then ...?"
"She is a murderer bottom line."
SA Doctor, Lauren Dickason's trial set to take place in over year, accused of killing her 3 kids
Briefly News previously reported that Lauren Dickason, the South African doctor from Pretoria, who is accused of murdering her three young daughters in New Zealand shortly after moving to the country will only stand trial in March 2023.
Dickason's trial has been set for a later date due to the fact she is currently under psychiatric evaluation following the incident.
According to a New Zealand publication, Stuff, Dickason has not submitted her plea to the court yet. She was scheduled to make a court appearance virtually while she was in the hospital on Tuesday, however, due to more time being required for mental health assessments by her doctors, she did not make an appearance.