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Trial Date Set For South African Doctor Who Murdered Her Three Daughters

The South African mother Lauren Anne Dickason who allegedly killed her three daughters in New Zealand is still in a pyschiatric facility and was not present in court on Tuesday- Court proceedings will resume on Friday 15 October, but it is not clear if she will attend in person.

In Court proceedings on Tuesday which Lauren did not attend, a trial date was set. She has not filed a plea as yet and it is possible that " not guilty by reason of insanity" will be considered in the case.

The trial date has been set for March 2023. The long timescale is due to the following:

*A pyschiatric report still needs to be completed which then needs to be reviewed by the judge who is presiding over the trial.

*Lauren Dickason's mental state will require further assessment over the next 18 months.

*A plea deal can take a while to be entered.

Lauren and Graham Dickason, South African doctors emigrated with their three young daughters to New Zealand this year. A few weeks after their arrival , Graham returned home to find the lifeless bodies of his three daughters. All of them had been strangled with cable ties. Their mother was arrested and charged for the murders.

Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/lauren-dickason-latest-updates-court-appearance-when-trial-date-why-delay/

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