Friday, 25 April 2014

[Photos] Mother charged with murdering her three disabled children arrives at court

A mother accused of smothering her three severely disabled children in their £2million home has arrived at court this morning.
Tania Clarence, 42, has been charged with murdering three-year-old twin sons, Ben and Max, and four-year-old daughter Olivia, who all suffered from a degenerative condition sometimes described as ‘floppy baby syndrome’.
The mother-of-four, who was taken into court covered in a fluorescent jacket, was charged hours after her investment banker husband Gary Clarence flew home to Britain from a trip to his native South Africa. 
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He was said to be in a ‘state of shock’, and the family’s lawyers in Cape Town yesterday released a statement which spoke of him suffering from ‘tremendous pressure and strain’.
It said: ‘The Clarence family have undergone and suffered an extreme tragedy with regard to their three minor children in the United Kingdom. This matter is an extremely exceptional one, with devastating consequences.’

The couple’s three youngest children suffered from the degenerative condition spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
Mrs Clarence was said to be devoted to the children, giving up her career as a graphic designer to look after them.
The family had spent almost a year renovating their home in New Malden to make it suitable for their disabled children – fitting a lift and ramps.

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