Lauren Dickason, a South African mother charged with the murder of her three daughters in New Zealand, has been found guilty.
The 12 jurors, comprised of eight women and four men, obtained a majority vote on Wednesday, according to New Zealand media.
Dickason admitted to killing her daughters, Lianè, 6, and twins Maya and Karla, two years old, on September 16, 2021, but pleaded not guilty to charges of murder by insanity.
The family had moved to New Zealand just a few weeks before the murder. The four-week trial was conducted.
After Dickason was convicted, Justice Cameron Mander ordered the jury to leave, and some of them began crying, according to Stuff.NZ.
Lauren’s attorneys, Kerryn Beaton and Anne Toohey, were also in tears as the jury announced their decision.
Lauren is expected to remain in the hospital until Justice Mander issues her sentence.
According to the prosecution, Lauren killed her children out of rage on the night she killed them, and she snapped as a result of her frustration.
The defence, on the other hand, claimed Lauren was mentally ill and did not recover from post-partum depression following the delivery of her children.
Wendy and Malcom Fawkes, Lauren’s parents, were in the courtroom when their daughter was convicted. After she was convicted, the Fawkes’ issued a statement claiming that it was not their daughter but a debilitating mental disease.