Lauren Dickason only sentenced later


Lauren Dickason would have appeared again in a court in New Zealand on Friday, but the sentencing proceedings were again postponed.

A provisional date of 2 February was assigned to Dickason’s case in the High Court in Christchurch at the end of last year after her initial sentencing date of 19 December was also postponed. A new sentencing date would probably be set today, but this appearance has also been postponed in the meantime and a new date is now awaited on which pre-sentence proceedings will begin.

Dickason, the South African mother who killed her three young daughters in New Zealand, was found guilty in the High Court in Christchurch in August last year of the murder of 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 September 16, 2021 – shortly after her family immigrated to New Zealand and settled in Timaru – Dickason her three little girls with cable ties and then with their blankets suffocated, after which she tried to take her own life.

RNews previously reported that Dickason’s husband, Graham, returned from a work dinner that evening and found Lauren in the kitchen of their home in Timaru. Graham told the trial that he went to the girls’ rooms. They lay in their beds and were covered with blankets. He lifted the blankets and saw the cable ties around their necks. Their little faces were pale. Graham hastily cut the cable ties around his daughters’ necks with scissors, but they were already dead.

Dickason admitted to killing the children in September 2021, but denied it was murder. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her and claims in her defense that she was mentally ill during the murders and is not accountable.

Every aspect of Dickason’s years-long battle with depression, her infertility, family life and mobile phone records were analyzed in court last year.

The minimum sentence for murder in New Zealand is life imprisonment.

During Dickason’s sentencing, Judge Cameron Mander will determine a period during which she may not be eligible for parole.

Mander must also determine where Dickason will serve her sentence; in a prison or in a forensic psychiatric facility. Dickason has been held in a psychiatric unit at Hillmorton Hospital since her arrest in 2021.

Read all RNews’s reports on the sensational case here.