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.
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