Man to face court charged with murders of mother and three children

Damien Bendall will appear at Derby Crown Court on Friday.

Man to face court charged with murders of mother and three children

A 31-year-old man is due to appear in court charged with four counts of murder after a mother and three children were found dead in a house near Sheffield.

The bodies of John Paul Bennett, 13, Lacey Bennett, 11, their mother Terri Harris, 35, and Lacey’s friend Connie Gent, 11, were discovered at a property in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, on Sunday morning.

Damien Bendall, who appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court in Derby on Wednesday, is set to face a hearing at the city’s crown court.

Killamarsh deaths
Flowers have been left near the scene in Chandos Crescent (Dave Higgens/PA)

The charges against Bendall allege that he murdered all four victims on a day between Friday September 17 and Monday September 20.

The defendant, of Chandos Crescent, is due to appear via video-link on Friday morning.

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