UK: SA mom ‘fit to stand trial’

2014-04-27 15:09
Tributes are placed outside a house in New Malden, south London, after three children were found dead at the house. (File, AFP)

Tributes are placed outside a house in New Malden, south London, after three children were found dead at the house. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town - UK authorities seem confident that South African murder accused Tania Clarence is mentally fit to stand trial, reports the Sunday Times.

According to the newspaper, a British police officer said that had she been deemed unfit to be charged, she would have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Instead she was formally charged with three counts of murder and will appear again at the Old Bailey central criminal courts on Tuesday. She has been remanded in custody.

The mother of four, who is accused of murdering her three youngest children last week, spent about ten minutes with her husband after her court appearance. This is believed to be the first meeting between the two since the deaths of the children.

The mother is accused of having suffocated her 3-year-old twin boys, Ben and Max, and 4-year-old daughter Livia. All three children suffered from spinal muscular atrophy.

Police were called to the family's five-bedroom home in a wealthy London suburb late on Tuesday where they discovered the bodies.

Clarence, who also has a healthy 8-year-old daughter, was arrested shortly afterwards.

Her husband is believed to have been in South Africa with their eldest daughter at the time of the deaths.

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