New date set for SA mom murder case

2014-10-03 13:47


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London - A new date has been set to hear the case against a South African woman accused of murdering her three young disabled children in Britain, the Press Association reported on Friday.

The case, which was moved for procedural reasons, would resume on 13 October, it reported.

The woman was due to appear on Friday at the Old Bailey court for a pre-trial hearing.

At her last appearance, the 42-year-old mother admitted to killing her children. Tania Clarence wept in the dock as she pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility of Olivia, four, and three-year-old twins Ben and Max.

But she denied murdering the three children between 20 and 23 April.

A date was set for a three- to four-week trial to start on 21 February next year.

She was remanded to a mental hospital.

Police were called to the family's five-bedroom home in Thetford Road in the wealthy south-west London suburb of New Malden on 22 April where they discovered the children, who were pronounced dead at the scene.

All three of Clarence's children suffered from type two spinal muscular atrophy.

Also known as floppy baby syndrome, the genetic condition leaves children with little control of their movements and can drastically shorten life expectancy.

Clarence was treated for cuts at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, and charged on 24 April.

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