Father of three girls ‘murdered by their mother’ returns to South Africa as his wife remains in a psychiatric ward before her next court appearance
Graham Dickason’s wife Lauren Anne Dickason, 40, allegedly killed their three daughters at their Timaru home in the South Island on September 16.
She is facing three charges of murder after the deaths of 6-year-old Liané, and 2-year-old twins Maya and Karla.
Ms Dickason remains remanded to a secure mental health unit.
Lauren Anne Dickason (op die foto links, with her husband Graham) has been charged with the murder of their three children in New Zealand. Mr Dickason has returned to South Africa, where the family is from
Liané Dickason (foto sentrum) and her twin sisters Maya and Karla, were found dead on September 16. Hul ma, Lauren Dickason, has been charged with their murder
Ms Dickason, who is due to appear in the High Court in Christchurch next week, has entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
A week after the deaths of his children, Mr Dickason said he had forgiven his wife and felt she was also a victim.
He also urged others to forgive and pray for her at a vigil attended by dozens of families in Timaru in September.
‘Pray for strength and for healing, please also pray for my lovely Lauren, as I honestly believe that she is a victim of this tragedy as well,’ Mr Dickason wrote in a letter read out by the Reverend Alan Cummins.
‘People who know her well will testify to that, I have no doubt.
‘I have already forgiven her and I urge you, at your own time, to do the same,’ he added of his wife of 15 jare.
Graham Dickason (op die foto links) with his arm around his wife Lauren Dickason, and their children Liané (op die foto regs) and her twin sisters Maya and Karla
The couple moved to New Zealand with their three daughters after Mr Dickason accepted a job as an orthopaedic surgeon at Timaru Hospital. Ms Dickason is also a doctor.
The Dickason family moved into housing for medical professionals near the Timaru Hospital in New Zealand less than a week before the killings.
Voor dit, as new arrivals from South Africa, they were required to spend two weeks in a coronavirus quarantine hotel run by the military.
Mr Dickason returned home just before 10pm on the night his children died and found the bodies of their daughters.
Emergency services said when they responded, they found Lauren Dickason, who was taken to hospital in a stable condition and later charged by police.
Neighbours called police when they heard a man screaming and crying.
A judge has suppressed the details of the alleged crime.
Local children (op die foto) took part in a candlelight vigil for the three Dickason children who were found dead in Timaru, New Zealand in September
At the vigil, Mr Dickason said in his letter that his life had been turned ‘upside down’.
Hy het geskryf: ‘Dear people of Timaru, my words are few at the moment. On Thursday the 16th of September 2021, my life and Lauren’s was turned upside down when our three precious angels were ripped away from us.
‘It is a loss that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.’
Dozens of neighbours turned out for the vigil, including young children who held candles and laid flowers outside the home.
Mr Dickason thanked ‘the people of Timaru, New Zealanders, South Africans and many from all over the world’ for the love they had shown to him.
‘My faith in humanity has been restored, I thank you all. In this time of terrible tragedy and adversity, I can only ask for prayer for myself, my family and my friends,’ he wrote in the letter.
‘For the people touched and affected by this, look after yourselves, look after your wives, your husbands, your partners, look after your children.
Graham Dickason (op die foto) has returned to South Africa and is spending some time outdoors
‘For those with faith in Jesus Christ, hold on to that. For the parents with young kids, remember them, remember to let them run free.
‘Remember to let them play wild, allow them to laugh as much as they can and they are never too young to be introduced to Jesus. I thank you for your love and support.’
Since returning to South Africa last month, Mr Dickason has posted images to Facebook of him spending time camping outdoors and cooking a barbecue, known as a braii in his homeland.
He is reportedly not expected to return to New Zealand for his wife’s court appearance on December 17.