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A dad whose toddler daughters were allegedly murdered by their mum has urged the public to forgive her.
New Zealand surgeon Graham Dickason got home from after-work drinks last week to find daughters Liane, six, and two-year-old twins Maya and Karla dead – with his wife of 15 years Lauren unresponsive and in a critical condition.
After Lauren stabilised in hospital, the fellow doctor and the girls' mum was charged with the three murders.
Dickason, 40, appeared in a southern New Zealand court on Saturday morning, the New Zealand Herald reports.
She is currently remanded to a mental health facility, with the judge refusing to release other details.
The family had just finished a two-week hotel quarantine after moving from South Africa.
Big sister Liane had started a new school just two days before she was tragically killed.
Hundreds of stunned New Zealanders attended a candlelit vigil last night at the house where the murders are alleged to have taken place, marking one week since the killings.
Mr Dickason read a moving statement to those who attended, asking the public to forgive Lauren as she is a "victim" too.
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He said: "My words are few at the moment.
"On Thursday the 16th of September 2021 my life and Lauren's were turned upside down when our three precious angels were ripped away from us.
"It is a loss that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
"In this time of terrible tragedy and adversity, I can only ask for prayer for myself, my family, and my friends – prayer for strength, and for healing.
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"Please also pray for my lovely Lauren, as I honestly believe that she is a victim of this tragedy as well."
He added she was a kind-hearted, loving mum.
Graham continued: "I've already forgiven her, and I urge you, in your own time, to do the same.
"It is the key to healing from this loss we have all experienced."
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