A dad was left inconsolable when he came home to find his three little girls dead and was heard screaming “is this really happening?”
Graham Dickason had just moved into the property with his three children and wife Lauren, 40, who has been arrested and charged with the murder of their twin girls and older daughter.
The triple-tragedy has rocked the city of Timaru, New Zealand, with neighbours telling Stuff news website they heard haunting wails and a woman sobbing at the house before a man returned home.
Police say Lauren murdered her twin daughters Maya, Karla, and Liane, aged six and two respectively, at their new house.
Doctor Lauren and surgeon husband Graham had moved into the property recently with their three children from South Africa just a week before.
According to reports, he found his three children dead when he returned home from work at 10pm on the night.
People living near the scene claim that they heard a bang followed by moaning and sobbing sounds from the property 20 minutes prior.
Jade Whaley said: “The first noise we heard was somebody sobbing, and then we heard a loud thud like someone just slammed a door.
“We could see someone through our fence wandering behind the house and wailing.”
Karen Cowper, another neighbour, said she heard a man shout out: “This really happened?” just after 10pm.
The children’s mother was reportedly seen being taken away in an ambulance.
Authorities said she was treated in hospital then charged with her three childrens’ murder the following day.
Mrs Dickason’s parents, Wendy and Malcolm Fawkes told the news site they were “devastated” to learn of their grandchildren’s deaths.
They said that their family was still in shock and requested prayers for help as they attempt to comprehend and cope with what happened.
At a press conference, police stated that no other person was being sought in connection to the deaths.
According to her social media profiles, Mrs Dickason was previously a Pretoria, South Africa GP.
Recent photos show her smiling and kissing her twin daughters and hugging her husband.
On Saturday, Mrs Dickason will appear before Timaru District Court.
New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said the deaths were “absolutely tragic.”
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