Lauren Dickason

A New Zealand judge has sentenced a South African mother Lauren Dickason to 18 years imprisonment for murdering her three daughters. Images: Facebook/LaurenDickason

Lauren Dickason trial: Disturbing details emerged

Disturbing details of how Lauren Dickason allegedly killed her three daughters emerge in a New Zealand court on Monday. Here is the latest.

Lauren Dickason

A New Zealand judge has sentenced a South African mother Lauren Dickason to 18 years imprisonment for murdering her three daughters. Images: Facebook/LaurenDickason

The trial against the 43-year-old South African doctor Lauren Dickason started in New Zealand on Monday. 

DISTURBING DETAILS EMERGED IN COURT ON MONDAY

 Disturbing details of how Lauren Dickason allegedly killed her three daughters emerged in court on Monday. 

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She is accused of murdering Liané, 6, Maya, 2, and Karla, 2, on September 16, 2021 – soon after the South African family’s arrival in Timaru.

SHE WILL RELY ON AN INSANITY AND INFANTICIDE DEFENCE

According to reports, she has been held in custody at a psychiatric unit at Christchurch’s Hillmorton Hospital.

Lauren will rely on an insanity and infanticide defence.

Her trial before Justice Cameron Mander is set for three weeks.

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HERE ARE FIVE DISTURBING DETAILS THAT EMERGED

Here are the disturbing details that were heard on Monday: 

  • The court heard that, long before the murders, Dickason searched the internet for ways to kill children.
  • She allegedly killed the children after they made her angry by jumping on the sofa.
  • Lauren reportedly waited for her husband to leave before fetching cable ties from the garage and telling the girls they were “going to make necklaces”. When she realised that would not be enough to kill the girls, she smothered Karla, then Liané and finally, Maya.
  • She then reportedly placed their bodies in their beds and used bedding to cover them.
  • Lauren reportedly attempted to take her own life, using a knife and an overdose of drugs.

The murders reportedly occurred only 20 minutes after her husband Graham left the house.

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LAURENG STRUGGLED TO FALL PREGNANT – HAD GONE THROUGH SEVERAL ROUNDS OF IVF

According to the New Zealand Herald, Lauren had struggled to fall pregnant and had gone through several rounds of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). She had miscarried before giving birth to Liané.

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She had struggled with mental health after Liané’s birth, the court heard and had later conceived the twins during another round of IVF.