The trial of Lauren Dickason, the mother of the three South African children, who were found dead in their new Timaru home after recently emigrating to New Zealand, has been postponed as her mental health assessment continues, reports Stuff.
Dickason was arrested on September 17, after the bodies of twin girls Maya and Karla, 2, and their older sister Liane, 6, were discovered by their father, Dr Graham Dickason, when he came home from work.
She was placed in the custody of a forensic psychiatric ward at Hillmorton Hospital in Christchurch, where she has undergone various mental health assessments ahead of her first appearance in the High Court.
Insight into the investigation suggests that the mother of the deceased was off of her chronic medication to meet the country’s strict immigration criteria.
While Lauren was set to make her first court appearance on October 5, the court heard that more time was needed for her health assessment. As a result, she was exempt from this court appearance.
A tentative trial date has been set for March 2023, with Lauren expected to be called again on October 15, as per the New Zealand Herald.
Picture: Facebook/ Graham Dickason