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    Dr Lauren Dickason (40) Has Been Charged With The Murder Of Her Twin Daughters Maya & Karla (2) & Their Sister Liane(6) (NZ)

    **Sorry guys, autocorrect got me again on the title. Her surname should be Dickason, not Dickson

    This is really fucking awful. Both parents are doctors from South Africa, they emigrated to NZ a month ago. He started his new job in a NZ hospital a week ago, but she had to stay home as the primary caregiver because they no longer had access to home help like they did in SA.

    I guess losing her career, her servants & her family support systems all at once was a contributing factor & she either had a legit breakdown, or blamed her husband for her circumstances & decided to hurt him in the worst way. Maybe it was a little of both

    They dreamt for years of a new life in New Zealand - but after only a week their babies were dead
    Mia Spies and Martin van Beynen
    05:00, Sep 19 2021

    Passers-by lay flowers outside the house where three young sisters were killed on Queen St, Timaru.

    As the pale drawn figure of Lauren Dickason​ stood in the dock accused of murdering her three young daughters, flowers and soft toys piled up at the address where the girls died.

    Dickason, 40, a medical practitioner appeared before Judge Dominic Dravitzki in the Timaru District Court and was remanded without plea to a secure facility at Hillmorton Hospital​ in Christchurch.

    Police continued to guard the family's house in Queen St as bunches of flowers and soft toys, dropped off by the people of Timaru wanting to make a gesture recognising the tragic deaths of the children (Liane, 6, and two-year-old twins Maya and Karla) piled up.

    Escorted by two police officers, Dickason arrived in court dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, soft shoes and black trousers. She looked calm and kept her arms folded close to her chest, staring at the floor for much of her appearance.

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    Dickason, her husband Graham, and their three girls arrived in New Zealand last month and had been in Timaru for only a week.

    Friends say the couple had been planning their dream relocation to New Zealand for two years. But the dream was shattered after one short week.

    Graham, an orthopaedic surgeon, who was employed by Timaru Hospital, came home about 10pm on Thursday to find his three children dead.

    Officials say they are working on facilitating urgent overseas travel for family to join him in New Zealand.

    Back home in South Africa, friends and family are struggling to comprehend the enormity of the tragedy.

    A woman who worked with the couple at Pretoria East Hospital and also lived in the same security estate for seven years (the Mooikloof Heights Estate in Pretoria East) said everyone liked them.

    "They were a perfect normal family, they had the prettiest and neatest house in the estate, there was nothing strange, even when they spoke to each other it was calm and kind."

    She had worked with both of them in the operating theatre where Graham was the orthopaedic surgeon and Lauren always assisted him.

    "He is what you would call a genuine nice guy... she was more of an introvert; quiet, but very humble, It wasn't strange that she didn't speak much, it was just her nature.

    "I want to share the good side about her, because all you hear now are terrible things... and she does not deserve that at all.?

    Lauren Dickason is accused of killing her three children, Liane, 7, Maya, 3, and Karla, 3, in Timaru.

    She said the children were a regular sight on the estate.

    "Before they sold their house, you would always find the nanny walking in the estate with the twins, it was as if there was a routine, for example between five and six, the nanny would walk with the twins so that she could probably, I presume, have time to give some attention to the eldest."

    Life in New Zealand would have been very different.

    ?Here she had a nanny, a domestic worker and a gardener who all helped in and around the house.

    "She isn't an evil person, she was pushed outside her limits...but I think it might have been the extreme circumstances. Her mum isn't there, her family isn't there...who will know, we weren't there, not one of us. ....perhaps they didn't anticipate what it would mean to leave everything behind and go."

    The woman said it had been terrible to witness how people reacted to the tragedy.

    "It is so sad to see people make horrible comments, some saying she must burn in hell and why didn't she just kill herself, I mean she is in hell on earth now and the rest of her life.

    "As far as I know they had fertility treatment, she struggled to fall pregnant with all of them, so it was precious babies all of them.?

    Another neighbour, Chantel Pretorius, said their children had gone to kindergarten together.

    "That news is terrible, we don't know what to make of it."

    "Their emigration took very long, they wanted to emigrate before Covid, and then Covid held everything back. Her last message to me was how panicked she was when there was a power outage at their home during the recent looting in South Africa. So they were really ready to get over to New Zealand, it?s what they worked for and planned for, it was their dream for two years.?

    Mendy Sibanyoni worked for the Dickason family for three years as the children's caregiver, from 2018 to 2020. She said she was not coping with the news, and hadn?t slept since she heard.

    She said Karla, one of the twins, had a tough time, needing a number of surgeries for a cleft palate.

    ?She was supposed to do the last one when she was five. We went through a lot with that child. But she was perfect now. She was perfectly normal, just like her sister, a strong lovely girl."

    Mendy Sinanyoni, nanny of the three daughters of Graham and Lauren Dickason, holds photographs of the Dickason family in her Pretoria, South Africa home.

    She had followed the court proceedings, and heard Lauren didn't talk; ? I am asking myself over and over: What did go wrong, Lauren.

    "That family was most awesome family that I have ever come across, I am torn apart really, torn apart..."

    She had joined the family when the twins were just days out of hospital.

    ?It was such an awesome family, such a good family I never heard any quarrel in the house or fighting from them, also the kids, as time goes, they were awesome kids, Liane used to love the sisters, because she is the older one."

    "I used to spend most of my time there, sometimes weekends when they were busy with something or when they wanted to go out I will be there with the kids.

    "They were happy, I never saw the wrong side of them, I don't know what happened now.?

    Through tears, Sibanyona said she had expected that the next time she heard from the family would be when they came to visit from New Zealand.

    "I was expecting when they came to visit from New Zealand.......calling me and say: Come see us Mendy.....never...never...never did I expect this.?

    "Most of my time with them, I would be in the house, that is why I would share my things with Lauren, if I ever had a problem I would talk to Lauren, and we will sit down and try to figure out how we will solve that, and usually she would invite my kids in her house and everything...

    "The last contact I had with Lauren was when I told her ?Lauren my other contract is ending can you please put an ear out for me for anyone who is looking for a job?. And after three days she called and said ?Mendy someone is going to call you? I went for the interview, and when I called her and said, 'Lauren, I got the job,' she was so excited and happy for me."

    Doctors, staff and management of Netcare Pretoria East Hospital expressed their shock at the tragedy.

    Commenting on the tragic circumstances, Pieter Louw, general manager of the hospital said, ?We are deeply saddened by what has taken place. Our hearts go out to our former colleagues, their families and loved ones to whom we offer our unconditional support at this very difficult time for them."
    Last edited by blighted star; 09-19-2021 at 01:19 PM.

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    Oh no. I assumed that since she was a Dr she would've at least drugged them so they weren't scared or in pain

    This is fucking horrible

    Dickason children were 'strangled' in New Zealand - report
    19 September 2021 - 12:25

    "I'm blessed," Lauren Dickason shared on Facebook in November 2020, when the family were celebrating the twins' birthday.
    Image: Lauren Dickason/Facebook

    The daughters of a SA couple who relocated to New Zealand - found dead in their new home by their father - were allegedly strangled.

    Lauren Dickason, a medical practitioner accused of murdering her twins aged two and their six-year-old sister, appeared in court on Saturday.

    Local media reported that Timaru district court judge Dominic Dravitzki remanded her to a secure forensic mental health unit until October 5.

    A former colleague of their father Graham, who has just started working as an orthopaedic surgeon at Timaru Hospital, and a source in New Zealand told Rapport it was suspected the children may have been strangled with cable ties.

    Jade Whaley, the family's neighbour, told Rapport she and her husband were watching television and heard two screams followed by a man crying hysterically. ?Is this really happening,? he kept asking.

    Dressed in a grey hoodie and black pants, the 40-year-old doctor from Pretoria stood in the dock with her head bent and eyes on the floor for most of the proceedings.

    She was charged with the murder of twins Karla and Maya, 2, and their six-year-old sister, Liane.

    While she stood in the dock, flowers and soft toys piled up at the address where the girls died, reported Stuff news agency.

    A woman who worked with the couple at Pretoria East Hospital told the publication they were ?a perfect normal family?.

    ?He is what you would call a genuine nice guy ... she was more of an introvert; quiet, but very humble, It wasn't strange that she didn't speak much, it was just her nature,? she said.

    The children were found dead at home on Thursday night.

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    These articles are from SA. If this is legit their former colleagues are leaking her medical history to journalists, which wouldn't make me real confident about patient confidentiality if I lived there

    19 Sep 2021
    12:53 pm
    SA children murdered in NZ were strangled with cable ties – report

    A former colleague said the family found being placed in quarantine traumatic.

    The three South African children who were killed in New Zealand on Thursday were allegedly strangled with cable ties.

    Dr Lauren Dickason was charged with the murder of her three children Liane, 6, and her twin sisters Maya and Karla, aged 2. She appeared in court in Timaru, New Zealand, on Saturday morning after being arrested for the murders on Friday.

    Lauren allegedly strangled her daughters with cable ties at their home in Timaru, Canterbury, according to a report in City Press.

    A former colleague of Lauren’s husband Graham reportedly said that it was suspected the children had been killed with cable ties.

    The family had recently emigrated. According to their social media profiles, both parents are doctors who worked at Pretoria East Hospital before arriving in New Zealand in late August.

    The former colleague, also a doctor, said Lauren had used chronic medication, but stopped taking it out of fear it would affect their emigration application. It is not known what condition Lauren was taking the medication for.

    New Zealand has strict requirements for immigrants and using chronic medication could count against you.

    The former colleague also said that being placed in quarantine when the family first arrived in New Zealand was traumatic.

    “The immigration process to New Zealand is extremely traumatic. I understand the place where the Dickason family had to spend their quarantine was basically like in a prison. You don’t see anyone, your food is delivered to your door and you are only let out for about an hour a day.”

    The person said that the stress combined with Lauren not taking her medication could have led to the tragic murders of the children.

    Media reports said Graham discovered the bodies of his children when he arrived home from work on Thursday. Neighbours also reported hearing “wailing and sobbing” coming from the house and called emergency services.

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    Thats messed up immigrants can take medication. Some medications can be dangerous when stopped abruptly.

    I wonder what happened. Had she never been home alone with the kids?

    I wonder what the medication was for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    Thats messed up immigrants can take medication. Some medications can be dangerous when stopped abruptly.

    I wonder what happened. Had she never been home alone with the kids?

    I wonder what the medication was for?
    I agree that it's dangerous to just stop some medications, but some countries are looking for ANYTHING to keep people out when they apply to immigrate. New Zealand is known to be super picky.

    Dad of 3 girls killed in New Zealand says he's forgiven wife

    The father of three young girls who were killed last week in New Zealand said Thursday his precious angels had been ripped away from him in a loss he would carry for the rest of his life.

    But orthopedic surgeon Graham Dickason also said he'd already forgiven his wife Lauren and urged others to do the same. He said she, too, was a victim in the tragedy.

    Dickason wrote his thoughts in a letter that was read aloud by a reverend during a candlelight vigil that was attended by hundreds of people outside the family’s home in the South Island town of Timaru.

    Lauren Dickason, 40, has been charged with murder in the deaths of her twin 2-year-old girls Maya and Karla, and their 6-year-old sister Liane, in a crime that has shocked New Zealand. She is being kept at a psychiatric facility ahead of her next scheduled court appearance on Oct. 5.

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