House of horrors where monster mum Sarah Barrass murdered her two boys, 13 and 14, to be torn down

House of horrors where monster mum Sarah Barrass murdered her two boys, 13 and 14, to be torn down

A HOUSE of horrors where a monster mum murdered her two teenage boys is to be torn down.

Tristan and Blake Barrass, aged 13 and 14, were killed by their parents Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin, who are half brother and sister.



The boys were strangled then suffocated with plastic bags just a day after the incest couple's bid to poison them failed, a court heard last year.

Barrass, 36, and Machin, 40, hatched the plan over fears their secret sexual relationship would result in their six children being taken away.

Both are serving life sentences for the murders, as well as plotting to kill the other four youngsters.

It has now emerged the house in Sheffield, South Yorks, where Tristan and Blake were discovered on May 24, 2019, will be demolished.

KNOCKED DOWN

The move was announced by a social housing company which owns the plot.

The firm, called Sanctuary Housing, said the decision to "knock down" the house was made in order to "help the local community move forward".

An open space with a memorial tree will replace the property.

Sheffield Crown Court last year heard the horrific circumstances surrounding Blake and Tristan's murders.

Barrass and Machin spent nine days hatching their plan after becoming concerned their children would be taken away by social services.

They tried to poison four of their children on May 23 by forcing them to take a cocktail of drugs including prescribed ADHD medication.

We believe the decision we have made is the right one to help the community move forward and are committed to ensuring a permanent memorial is created so the two young lives lost are never forgotten."

Barrass expected them to die during the night and even made “light-hearted” Facebook posts about the children catching a sickness bug.

When the children survived the night Barrass summoned Machin from his home nearby back to the property.

They grabbed Blake and Tristan, with Machin strangling Blake whilst Barrass strangled Tristan using a dressing gown cord, it was heard.

The pair then swapped victims and placed black bin liners over their heads, which is how the boys were found on bunk beds.

Police, medics and an air ambulance rushed to the property at 7.30am on May 24 and attended to the critically injured teens.

TWISTED COUPLE

Tristan was pronounced dead at 9.14am and Blake died 12 minutes later.

The other four children, all under the age of 13 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, were taken to hospital and released later that day.

Barrass and Machin both admitted two counts of murder, five of attempted murder and one of conspiracy to murder six children.

They were jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years in November last year.

Since the killings the house where the murders took place, in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield, has remained empty.

Sanctuary Housing operations director Daren Nowlan, said: "We have taken our time over making this decision as we have been sensitive to the huge impact of this event both locally and nationally.

"We believe the decision we have made is the right one to help the community move forward and are committed to ensuring a permanent memorial is created so the two young lives lost are never forgotten."




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