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Boyfriend charged with murder of mum and three children found dead at sleepover

Damien Bendall, 31, has been charged with murder after the bodies of John Paul Bennett, 13, Lacey Bennett, 11, their mum Terri Harris, 35, and Lacey's friend Connie Gent, 11, were found at her Killamarsh home

By Talia Shadwell Reporter

08:23, 22 Sep 2021 Updated 08:52, 22 Sep 2021

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a mum, her two children, and her daughter's friend in Killamarsh.  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 the property near Sheffield, on Sunday morning.  Damien Bendall, who was reportedly in a relationship with Terri, has been charged with the murders of the mum and three children.  Derbyshire Police announced on Wednesday that he had been charged with four counts of murder.  The force said earlier the murder suspect was detained at the property and had only minor injuries.  The three children found dead at the property were pupils at Outwood Academy City in Sheffield, which paid tribute to the 'bright' youngsters as the community reeled in shock at their deaths.  Connie had been at a sleepover with Lacey on the Saturday night before she was found dead along with the siblings and their mum.  In a heartbroken tribute, Connie's father Charlie Gent paid tribute to his daughter, writing a Facebook post which reads: "I don't want anyone to ever go through what I am going through right now. My little girl has gone I can't even put into words or even how to feel or react right now.  Fly safe baby girl. I love you with all my heart and always will.  Going to miss you like crazy.":

Lacey and John Paul's father had become distraught as he visited the scene read the tributes left to his children on Monday. Jason Bennett said that he was "heartbroken" as he collapsed in tears while laying flowers for the children.  Asked about his feelings as he left, he said "heartbroken; million pieces; shattered".

Visiting the scene where the community was laying flowers and tributes the day after her son, the children's grandmother, Diane Bennett, recalled the 'beautiful children.  She said: "They were beautiful, well-mannered, did anything for anybody."

She added: "But at the moment it's my son I'm worried about. I know we've lost somebody but he's lost even more. "

Ms Bennett said John Paul wanted to be an engineer and Lacey "was just a girly-girl".  She said: "I've got eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter and we're all upset."

Derbyshire Police said Bendall remains in custody.  The force said the four bodies were found after police responded to a call about concerns for the safety of a man at the address at 7.26am.  Police had previously said officers did not have any prior contact with those involved.  Bendall, of Chandos Crescent, will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court in Derby later today.  A fundraising page set up for the families had raised more than 15,000 by Tuesday.