Graham Dickason, the father of the three young girls who were allegedly killed by their mother in New Zealand, shared a heartfelt letter which was read to hundreds of people who gathered at a candlelight vigil outside their home in Timaru on Thursday.
Dickason, an orthopaedic surgeon from Pretoria, said that he has forgiven his wife and urged everyone else to do the same, adding that she is also a “victim of this tragedy”.
His letter was published by local media:
“My words are few at the moment.
“On Thursday the 16th of September 2021 my life and Lauren’s were turned upside down when our three precious angels were ripped away from us.
“It is a loss that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
“In this time of terrible tragedy and adversity, I can only ask for prayer for myself, my family, and my friends – prayer for strength, and for healing.
“Please also pray for my lovely Lauren, as I honestly believe that she is a victim of this tragedy as well.
“People that know her well will testify to that – I have no doubt.
“I’ve already forgiven her, and I urge you, in your own time, to do the same
“It is the key to healing from this loss we have all experienced.
“For the people touched and affected by this – look after yourself.
“Look after your wives, your husbands, your partners.
“Look after your children.”
The Dickason family had been in Timaru, New Zealand just a week when the tragedy struck. The bodies of twin girls Maya and Karla, 2, and their older sister Liane, 6 were discovered by their father when he came home from work.
Police charged Lauren Dickason with three counts of murder and she appeared in the Timaru District Court on Saturday, September 18. She was then referred to hospital for mental evaluation, as Reuters reports. She is to appear in court again on October 5.
Picture: Facebook/ Lauren Dickason