Lauren Dickason case: This is why sentencing proceedings are delayed

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The question of whether Lauren Dickason should be held as a mental health patient or prisoner is the reason why she has not yet been sentenced.

The Press reports that Dickason will now be sentenced on June 26. Psychiatrists must prepare reports on whether Dickason should be kept as a special patient or whether she should serve her sentence in a prison.

There will be a meeting on March 20 between the expert witnesses regarding the issues on which they have prepared reports in order to establish which are the facts on which the experts agree and which issues are in dispute, as well as the reasons for this.

Dickason has since been held in a psychiatric unit at Hillmorton Hospital where she is under observation.

Dickason, the South African mother who killed her three young daughters shortly after her family’s emigration to New Zealand, was found guilty in the High Court in Christchurch in August last year of murdering Liané (6) and the two-year-old twins, Maya and Karla.

After a week-long trial, the jury finally found in a majority verdict that on the evening of 16 September 2021 – shortly after her family emigrated and settled in Timaru – Dickason suffocated her three little girls with cable ties and then with their blankets, after which she tried to take her own life.

Dickason admitted during her trial that she killed the children in September 2021, but denied that it was murder. She pleaded not guilty to the charges against her and argued in her defense that she was mentally ill at the time of the murders and was therefore not accountable.