SA murder accused mom to remain in UK hospital

2014-06-21 10:24
Gary Clarence with his sons Ben and Max. (Facebook)

Gary Clarence with his sons Ben and Max. (Facebook)

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Johannesburg - A South African woman accused of murdering her three young disabled children in Britain would continue psychiatric treatment in a United Kingdom hospital, The Saturday Star reported.

Justice Nicole granted this order in London's Old Bailey on Friday, but the 42-year-old mother, Tania Clarence, was not in court to hear it.

She was technically neither out on bail nor in custody, in terms of an unusual agreement with another judge secured in April.

According to the report, Clarence's lawyer indicated that a plea of "diminished responsibility" could be under consideration.

Clarence is accused of killing her 3-year-old twin sons, Ben and Max, and 4-year-old daughter, Olivia, at their home in the wealthy south-west London suburb of New Malden between 20 April and 23 April.

All three young 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.

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