SA murder-accused’s life was hell - friends

2014-05-04 10:04
Gary Clarence with his sons Ben and Max. (Facebook)

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

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Cape Town - The South African mother accused of murdering three of her four children in the UK was living a life of hell as she struggled to care for 3-year-old twins, Ben and Max and their 4-year-old sister Olivia - all of whom had Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a report says.

According to the Sunday Independent, the Cape Town mother, Tania Clarence, was reportedly critically sleep-deprived and depressed at the time of the murders as the children needed around the clock and hourly medication, were tube-fed, and incapable of independent movement.

Friends of Clarence and her husband Gary said that, at the time, the mother had limited part-time assistance and that although she had approached the British social services for help she was told to “buck up and get on with it”.

Clarence appeared in court last week charged with the children’s deaths but has been remanded to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation to see if she is fit to stand trial.

According to the newspaper, it has been reported that she tried to take an overdose of pills and also slashed her wrists after smothering her children.
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