South Africa seems to be appearing in the international media for all the wrong reasons of late. A South African woman is facing charges of murder in England following the discovery of the couple’s three children on Tuesday in a small town in south-west London.
Tania Clarence, a mother of four children, appeared before a magistrate in the Wimbledon Magistrate Court on Friday charged with murdering her daughter, four year old Olivia and twin sons aged three sometime between Sunday and Tuesday when the bodies were discovered when the emergence services were called to the family’s home in New Malden, London.
When she appeared before the magistrate, Mrs Clarence spoke only to confirm her name, age and address in a hearing that lasted just over two minutes. No formal plea was entered into and she was remanded in custody and the chairwoman of the bench, Fiona Abbot, advised the accused that she would be sent to the Central Criminal Court in Old Bailey for a preliminary hearing on 9 May while the bail application would be heard on the 29th of April.
It has emerged that all the three children were said to have spinal muscular atrophy, which is sometimes referred to as the floppy baby syndrome. This group of conditions, in addition to shortening the life span of those suffering from it, also renders them incapable of controlling their toileting needs as well as other forms of movements in general.
Meanwhile, it is reported that while this was all unfolding, the husband was in a trip to their homeland, South Africa. The couple apparently have a normal eight year old girl.