; SA kids killed in London had ‘life-limiting’ disorder – The Citizen

SA kids killed in London had ‘life-limiting’ disorder

FILE PICTURE: Police forensic officers enter a house in New Malden, south London,  on April 23, 2014 after South African Tania Clarence murdered her three children. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

FILE PICTURE: Police forensic officers enter a house in New Malden, south London, on April 23, 2014 after South African Tania Clarence murdered her three children. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

The flight to his London home for South African Gary Clarence will probably be the most terrible of his life.

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He returns to the place where London police are alleging his wife, Tania Clarence, killed three of their children, two boys aged three and a girl aged four.

Yesterday London Metropolitan police said in a statement officers were called to a home in Thetford Road, New Malden on Tuesday night.

When the officers arrived, accompanied by an ambulance service, the three children were found dead at the scene.

According to English media, the three deceased children suffered from a genetic disorder which was “life-limiting.” UK tabloid The Mirror reported the children had been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. The Evening Standard reported one of the children was confined to a wheelchair.

“The woman, aged 43, was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries and later discharged. She was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody at a south London (sic) where she remains,” said London police.

The toddlers are due to undergo post-mortem examinations to establish the cause of death.

INVESTIGATION. Police officers stand outside a house in New Malden, South London,  yesterday after three children were found dead in the house.  A South African woman has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of her three disabled children. Picture: AFP.

INVESTIGATION. Police officers stand outside a house in New Malden, South London, yesterday after three children were found dead in the house. A South African woman has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of her three disabled children. Picture: AFP.

By yesterday evening Scotland Yard could not give say when the woman will appear in court.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Nelson Kgwete said the South African High Commission in London had been requested to establish the facts of the case.

Little is known about Tania Clarence, other than she was a graphic designer and stay-at-home mother who looked after the children full time, while husband Gary is an Investec banker in the healthcare sector.

According to his Investec profile, “Gary leads a team of five corporate finance and corporate broking specialists advising corporate clients on full spectrum of transactions including acquisitions, disposals, fundraisings and strategic reviews.”

He studied for his B.Comm and LLB at Stellenbosch University and obtained an MBA from the Netherlands Business School, Nijenrode University, in The Netherlands.

A 2012 photo on Clarence’s Facebook page shows him smiling happily with his twin boys – all three of them with a twinkle in their blue eyes.

The couple’s surviving child, an eight-year-old daughter who is reportedly healthy, was with Gary in South Africa at the time of the incident.

It is not known if she accompanied him on the flight back to England.

Police forensic officers enter the house in New Malden, south London,  on April 23, 2014 after three children were found dead at the house on the previous day.  A South African woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her three disabled children were found dead at their London home, British police and media said.  AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

Police forensic officers enter the house in New Malden, south London, on April 23, 2014 after three children were found dead at the house on the previous day. A South African woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her three disabled children were found dead at their London home, British police and media said. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway of the Homicide and Major Crime Command is apparently investigating the deaths and has said they are not looking for anyone else.

Investec Bank said in a statement Gary Clarence was “a valued colleague and has worked with us for many years.

“We do not know the facts at this time but our thoughts are with the Clarence family. We are doing all that we can to help Gary and his eldest child and ask that their privacy is respected.”

 

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