Timaru’s Tragedy: $ 25,000 donated by the community to help the family of slain sisters


Twin sisters Maya and Karla Dickason and older sister Liane. Photo / Facebook

More than $ 25,000 has been paid to the family of three little girls who were allegedly murdered in their home in Timaru by their mother last week.

And it was revealed that one of the victims would have celebrated her birthday this week.

Graham Dickason returned home on September 16 to find his 2-year-old twins Maya and Karla and their 6-year-old sister Liané dead at their home in Queen St.

His wife Lauren Dickason was at home in critical condition.

She was rushed to Timaru Hospital and once recovered, the police charged her with the murder of the three little girls.

Graham and Lauren Dickason with their daughters Liane, Maya and Karla.  Photo / Facebook
Graham and Lauren Dickason with their daughters Liane, Maya and Karla. Photo / Facebook

A Givealittle page was sent out late last week to help support the couple and their extended family.

This morning, $ 25,241 had been donated by more than 520 people.

The fundraiser was set up by members of the South African community in Timaru and will be used “primarily for funeral expenses, travel and accommodation costs for family members”.

A member of Graham Dickason’s family traveled to New Zealand to support him.

It is not known if more will follow.

The family had been in Timaru for only a week when the girls were killed.

Liané would have been 7 years old this week, according to South African media.

A candlelight vigil took place last night with hundreds of people coming to pay homage to him.  Photo / George Heard
A candlelight vigil took place last night with hundreds of people coming to pay homage to him. Photo / George Heard

The family emigrated from Pretoria to South Africa and spent time in controlled isolation before moving to the South Island where Graham Dickason worked at the South Canterbury District Health Board as an orthopedic surgeon.

Lauren Dickason is currently in custody in a forensic mental health facility.

When she appeared in Timaru District Court last Saturday, it was agreed that pre-trial detention at Christchurch Women’s Prison was not appropriate.

Judge Dominic Dravitzki, after hearing a psychiatric expert in court, authorized the referral to Hillmorton Hospital where a mental health assessment will be performed.

Lauren Dickason will then appear in court – likely via audio-visual link – on October 5.

At a vigil earlier this week outside the house where the little girls died, Graham Dickason said he had already forgiven his “adorable” wife.

“And I urge you to do the same at your own pace… this is the key to healing this loss that we have all experienced,” he said.

“I honestly believe that she is also a victim of this.

“In this time of terrible tragedy and adversity, I can only ask for prayer… for strength and healing.”

The extended family are still reeling from the tragedy and have posted photos and tributes to the sisters on social media.

Yesterday Lauren Dickason’s mother, Wendy Fawkes, posted “My darling angels … I miss you so much”.

WHERE TO GET HELP:

If you are worried about your mental health or that of someone else, the best place to go for help is your GP or local mental health care provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, immediately call the police on 111.

OR IF YOU NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ELSE:

• LIFELINE: 0800 543 354 or 09 5222 999 in Auckland (available 24/7)
• SUICIDE CRISIS HELP LINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email [email protected] or online chat.
• NEED TO TALK? Free call or SMS to 1737 (available 24/7)
• KIDS LINE: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)
• WHATSUP: 0800 942 8787 (1 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
• DEPRESSION ASSISTANCE LINE: 0800 111 757
• SAMARITAINS – 0800 726 666.

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