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Mother in UK triple murders sent home

Tania Clarence has been allowed to return to the family home.

The London home of South African couple Gary and Tania Clarence, where three of their young children were killed on 22 April 2013. The mother has been arrested for their murders. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Tania Clarence, the South African woman who last year admitted to smothering three of her children in London while they slept in their beds, has been allowed to return to the family home.

The 43-year-old has been pictured at the R20 million property just four months after a British judge ordered that she should be held indefinitely in a secure psychiatric hospital.

Clarence's dramatic return to her home in south-west London comes after she admitted killing three-year-old twins Max and Ben and their four-year-old sister Olivia.

All three children had suffered from a severe, life-limiting genetic disorder, and Clarence was said in court to have developed mental illness as she struggled to be their primary carer.

During a series of emotionally charged court appearances last year, she successfully denied murdering the children, with a judge instead accepting guilty pleas to the lesser charges of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

Photographs have now shown the mother arriving back at her property, which remains the home of her South African investment banker husband Gary and the couple's remaining daughter, Taya.

It's believed she has been granted temporary license to leave hospital.

Last year, her husband said there are lessons to be learned from the tragic case.

Speaking via the family's solicitor, Gary said his wife had been placed under unbearable pressure as she attempted to look after the three severely disabled youngsters at the family's London home.

In a hard-hitting statement, he said his wife's story of love and dedication had become a story of despair and hopelessness.

He claims the couple had been placed under constant pressure from health professionals, leading to one of the saddest cases to come before the criminal court.