UK triple murder: Mother to apply for bail

Tania Clarence is accused of murdering her three children who suffered from a life-limiting disease.

Police forensic officers enter a house in New Malden, south London, on 23 April 2014 after three children were found dead. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - A South African-born woman charged with murdering three of her children is due to appear before a London court today as legal experts debate whether she should be considered for bail.

Tania Clarence was arrested last week after the children's bodies were discovered in the family's upmarket home in New Malden, South London.

This morning's bail hearing at the historic Old Bailey, England's central criminal court, comes just four days after the sobbing 42-year-old appeared before magistrates in Wimbledon to be formally charged with three counts of murder.

Prosecutors claim she killed four-year-old Olivia and three year-old twins Max and Ben while her husband Gary and the couple's eldest daughter Taya were on holiday in South Africa.

The youngsters who died had all suffered from a rare and incurable genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

SMA is a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement.

The illness rendered the children unable to stand and they required constant attention.

Meanwhile, medical experts are still looking to confirm the exact cause of death after initial post-mortem examinations that were carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, proved inconclusive.

It's believed precise answers may still be some days away.