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3 Oct 2014
6:43 am

New court date for London murder mom accused

A South African woman accused of murdering her three young disabled children in Britain will appear in the Old Bailey on 13 October Friday.

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

Tania Clarence was initially scheduled to appear for a pre-hearing today.

The Press Association reported on Friday that the case, was moved for procedural reasons.

During her last appearance, the 42-year-old London mother admitted to killing her children. Clarence wept in the dock as she pleaded guilty to the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of Olivia, four, and three-year-old twins Ben and Max.

But she denied murdering the three children between April 20 and 23.

Clarence was tearful as she entered her pleas in the dock as her husband Gary looked on.

A date was set for a three to four-week trial to start on February 21 next year.

She was remanded to a secure mental hospital.

Police were called to the family’s five-bedroom home in Thetford Road in the wealthy south-west London suburb of New Malden on April 22 where they discovered the children, who were pronounced dead at the scene.

All three of Clarence’s children suffered from type two spinal muscular atrophy.

Also known as floppy baby syndrome, the genetic condition leaves children with little control of their movements and can drastically shorten life expectancy.

Clarence was treated for cuts at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, and charged on April 24.

– Sapa