Lauren Dickason possibly sentenced in March

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Lauren Dickason could possibly hear her fate in the strange next month.

A new provisional date of March 20 has been assigned to Dickason’s case in the Christchurch High Court in New Zealand.

Judge Cameron Mander and Dickason’s legal team agreed on the new tentative date via a telephone conference this week, reports NZ Herald.

Dickason, who is currently being treated in a psychiatric unit at Hillmorton Hospital in Christchurch, was not present at the discussions.

The sentencing proceedings have been postponed several times.

NZ Herald reports that if the sentencing proceedings cannot continue next month for any reason, a new date will be assigned to Dickason’s case.

RNews earlier reported that a provisional date of 2 February was assigned to Dickason’s case at the end of last year after her initial sentencing date of 19 December was also postponed.

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’s husband, Graham, returned from a work dinner on the evening in question 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 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 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, Mander will establish 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.

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