New Zealand Mother Found Guilty of Murdering Three Young Daughters, Could Receive Life Sentence
A mother in New Zealand has been found guilty of murdering her three young children - 2-year-old twins and their 6-year-old sister. The 42-y...
A Mother Found Guilty of Murdering Her Three Young Children
A mother in New Zealand has been found guilty of murdering her three young children - 2-year-old twins and their 6-year-old sister. The 42-year-old mother had previously admitted to killing the twins but pleaded not guilty to the murders, citing mental disturbance. However, prosecutors argued against this defense by presenting evidence of her phone messages and online searches leading up to the killings.
Disturbing Evidence Presented in Trial
A woman from South Africa, along with her husband and three children, moved to New Zealand to escape troubles in their home country. However, during a trial, prosecutors revealed that the woman had made comments about wanting to kill her children and had searched for information on the most effective overdose in kids on Google.
Method of Killing
A woman, who was a doctor, killed her children by suffocating them with pillows after attempting to use zip ties. Her husband, who is an orthopedic surgeon, discovered the children's bodies when he returned home from work. The woman had been struggling with mental health and motherhood, but her husband claims he had no knowledge of her capability to commit such acts.
Guilty Verdict Reached
In a recent trial, a guilty verdict was reached on three counts of murder after a four-week trial. The jury deliberated for three days before reaching a decision. It was noted that one juror voted not guilty, but this 11-1 split is permissible under New Zealand laws. The defendant, a woman, was seen crying softly as she left the courtroom, and there were also reports of jurors being emotional.
Parents Advocate for Post-Partum Depression Awareness
The parents of a woman who was recently found guilty of killing her children have released a statement urging awareness of post-partum depression. They encourage families and individuals to be aware of the symptoms of this condition and seek help early on.
Statement from Detective Inspector Scott Anderson
Detective Inspector Scott Anderson has expressed his sympathies to the family members of a convicted murderer. He released a statement acknowledging the tragic circumstances of the investigation and stated that words cannot fully express the gravity of the situation.