SA-born killer mom to appear in court today

Tania Clarence will make her court appearance today for killing her three children early this year.

FILE: The London home of South African couple Gary and Tania Clarence, where three of their young children were killed on 22 April 2013. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - A South African-born mother who killed three of her children at her family's London home is expected to appear in court today.

Officials will try to determine whether she should face trial for murder. Tania Clarence has already admitted to taking her children's lives but argues she was acting due to diminished responsibilities.

Clarence has been held in a secure hospital since April, just a few days after the bodies of her three young children, four-year-old Olivia, and three-year-old twins Max and Ben, were discovered at their home in New Malden home.

All three children suffered from spinal muscular atrophy, a severe life-limiting genetic disorder and their mother had been their primary caregiver.

At her last court appearance, a tearful Clarence dramatically admitted killing the three children, however, she denied murder, claiming instead she was guilty of the lesser offense of manslaughter.

Court officials have already booked the provisional trial date for early next year but they must first decide whether to press ahead with the murder charges or accept Clarence's lesser plea.