Timaru tragedy: Woman charged with murdering her three daughters to plead not guilty

By RNZ.co.nz. Republished with permission.

The South African medical practitioner charged with murdering her three children in Timaru intends to plead not guilty to all of the charges.

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A vigil was held in Timaru for the three sisters last month. Photo: RNZ / Conan Young

Lauren Dickason, 40, is accused of killing her twin daughters Maya and Karla, 2, and their six-year-old sister Liane.

She continues to be detained at a forensic psychiatric unit at Hillmorton Hospital in Christchurch, and her appearance in court was excused this morning.

Dickason’s lawyer entered not guilty pleas on her behalf.

The lawyer sought and was granted further suppression of the details of the case.

Woman charged with murder of three daughters. Graham & Lauren Dickason and kids Liane 6 and twins Maya and Karla 2 Dickason
Lianne Dickason, 6, and twins Maya and Karla Dickason. Photo: Supplied

A two-week trial is scheduled to start on 20 March, 2023.

While the hearing was a High Court in Timaru matter, it was heard at the High Court in Christchurch.

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