This story is about a heartbroken father whose three daughters were tragically killed by their mother. The mother, Lauren Anne Dickason, has admitted to killing her children but denies it was murder and claims insanity as her defense. The incident took place at their family home in Timaru, New Zealand, on September 16, 2021. The court heard the devastating aftermath of the incident when their father, Graham Dickason, arrived at the scene. He was described as howling and shouting, "she's done this to hurt me."
He was visibly distraught and mentioned that his wife had depression and anxiety. Graham was devastated and kept repeating the phrase, "they are my babies." It was reported that Graham believed his wife was overwhelmed, possibly due to the recent move from South Africa. The court also heard from a school mom who spoke to Lauren Dickason just hours before the tragedy occurred. She noticed that Lauren seemed to be going through a hard time and had the weight of the world on her shoulders.
Graham had asked the school mom to support his wife, mentioning the difficult time they had been through during their recent move. Graham, an orthopedic surgeon, testified about the strain that the move had put on his wife, especially the two-week isolation period due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lauren had sent alarming texts to a friend during this time, expressing her frustration and even mentioning the possibility of committing murder. She complained about her daughters and expressed feelings of anger and a short fuse. The trial is ongoing, with Lauren Dickason pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. The heartbreaking story depicts the father's devastation and the tragic loss of three innocent lives.