Sheffield Shiregreen child deaths

Murder plot survivor 'fears becoming a killer'

One of the surviving children of Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin fears they could go on to kill "because that's what mum and Brandon did".

Barrass and Machin
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Barrass and Machin, who is her half-brother, strangled Tristan and Blake Barrass, aged 13 and 14, in Shiregreen, Sheffield, in May.

The pair were sentenced to a minimum of 35 years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court.

They had both previously admitted murder, conspiracy to murder all six of their children, including Blake and Tristan, and five counts of attempted murder.

All the surviving children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are under the age of 13.

The court heard the children wanted their parents to go to prison for "300 years".

The two older, surviving children - one of whom they tried to drown in a bath - have been left "emotionally broken" by the actions of their parents, jurors heard.

In a victim impact statement, the court was told one of them feared becoming a murderer.

Kama Melly QC, prosecuting, told the court: "When [the older two children] were told Sarah and Brandon had pleaded guilty to the murders of their brothers and the attempted murders of them, [one of them] said they were worried they would become a murderer when they were older because that's what their mum and Brandon did.

"They said they didn't want to be like that."

Funeral for Shiregreen boys takes place

A fleet of motorbikes and supercars were part of a funeral cortege for two boys who died in Sheffield in May.

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Hundreds of people turned out ahead of the funeral for Tristen and Blake Barrass, aged 13 and 14.

About 300 motorbikes led the hearse into the grounds of Grenoside Crematorium along with two Lamborghini sports cars.

The family said both boys had an interest in bikes and cars.

The two boys were found in the Shiregreen area of the city on 24 May.

Their mother, 34-year-old Sarah Barrass, and Brandon Machin, 38, have been charged with murder.

Ms Barrass has also been charged with three counts of attempted murder against two other children.

They are due to go on trial on 12 November.

Mother appears in court charged with murder of two sons

A woman has appeared in court charged with murdering her two teenage sons in Sheffield.

Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin
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Sarah Barrass appeared at Sheffield Crown Court earlier, accused of killing Tristen and Blake Barrass, aged 13 and 14 respectively, following an incident at a house in the Shiregreen area of the city last month.

Brandon Machin, 37, who is also accused of murdering the two boys, appeared in court by video-link.

Ms Barrass, 34, is also charged with three counts of attempted murder against two other children.

No pleas were entered during the 20-minute hearing, which relates to an incident at a house on 24 May.

A trial date has been fixed for 12 November at Sheffield Crown Court.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC remanded Ms Barrass and Mr Machin in custody.

Inquest opens into deaths of Shiregreen teenagers

Inquests have been opened into the deaths of two teenage boys who died after an incident at a house in Sheffield last month.

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Tristen and Blake Barrass, aged 13 and 14, died in hospital after police were called to a semi-detached house in the Shiregreen area of the city on 24 May.

Their mother, Sarah Barrass, and 38-year-old Brandon Machin have been charged with their murder and are due to go on trial later this year.

Inquests into the boys' deaths opened at Sheffield Coroner's Court earlier.

Tristen Barrass was pronounced dead at 09:14 that morning and Blake Barrass died 12 minutes later, the inquest has heard.

No cause of death was given at the inquest and coroner Christopher Dorries said he was not in a position to release the bodies for funerals.