Lauren Dickason

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Lauren Dickason triple murders: Children were ‘strangled’ in New Zealand

A New Zealand court charged Lauren Dickason with her children’s murders and ordered her to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Lauren Dickason

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There’s been developments in the Dickason murders: The three South African children who died weeks after moving to New Zealand with their parents may have been strangled, a report has said.

Two-year-old twins Karla and Maya and their six-year-old sister, Liane were found dead by their father, Graham Dickason on Thursday night when he returned from his new job as an orthopaedic surgeon.

His wife Lauren Dickason, a general practitioner has been charged with the children’s murders and appeared before the Timaru District Court on Saturday, 18 September 2021.

Presiding Judge Dominic Dravitzki remanded Dickason until 5 October and also sent her for a psychiatric evaluation.

According to The Otago Daily Times, Dickason initially asked for her name to be suppressed but the application was  withdrawn after media objections.

Dickason children strangled with cable ties

Rapport has cited a former colleague of Graham and a source in New Zealand as saying it was suspected the Dickason children had been killed with cable ties.

“The immigration process to New Zealand is extremely traumatic. I understand the place where the Dickason family had to spend their quarantine was basically like in a prison. You don’t see anyone, your food is delivered to your door and you are only let out for about an hour a day,” they’re quoted as having said.

The source claimed Lauren Dickason had stopped taking chronic medication to ensure her emigration application to New Zealand was successful.

The Dickason family moved to New Zealand in August and spent two weeks in mandatory quarantine. They had lived in Pretoria.

The South African has reached out to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) which said it was aware of the incident but could not comment on it.