The South African doctor whose wife allegedly killed their three daughters in New Zealand has reportedly returned home.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Graham Dickason travelled back to SA in November, however, it is still unclear when he will return to NZ as his wife Lauren will appear in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday, December 17.
Lauren was arrested in early August after Graham discovered the bodies of their two-year-old twin girls, Maya and Karla, and their six-year-old sister Liane at their house in Timaru.
The family from Pretoria relocated to NZ after Graham accepted a job at the Timaru Hospital as an orthopaedic surgeon. Lauren was also a qualified medical doctor, IOL reports.
At the time of the incident, it was reported that Lauren allegedly strangled her three daughters with cable ties and was allegedly off her chronic medication to meet the country’s strict immigration criteria.
Lauren was set to make her first court appearance on October 5, but the court heard that more time was needed for her assessment. however, she was exempt from this court appearance. She was also hospitalised after the incident took place and had made a brief appearance in court on September 18 for a psychiatric assessment.
The trial is set to resume in March 2023 in order to allow for a full psychiatric report to be completed as well as further assessments of the mother’s mentals state over the next 18 months, reports The South African. She will continue to be detained in Hillmorton Hospital’s forensic unit where she has been since her arrest.