Pictured: ‘Murdered’ teenage brothers, their mother, and her half-brother accused of killings

Pictured: ‘Murdered’ teenage brothers, aged 13 and 14, and their mother, 34, and uncle, 37, who are accused of killing the boys

  • Sarah Barrass has appeared in court accused of murdering her two children 
  • Her sons Tristan Barrass, 13, and Blake Barrass, 14, died on Friday in Sheffield  
  • Brandon Machin, 37, has also been charged with murder and appeared in court 
  • Barrass is also accused of three counts of attempted murder against two others

These are the first pictures of the teenage brothers allegedly murdered by their own mother.

Tristan Barrass, 13, and Blake Barrass, 14, died following what police described as a ‘major’ incident at a house in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on Friday.

Sarah Barrass, 34, was charged with their murder alongside her half-brother Brandon Machin, 37, and the pair appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court today.

The pictures show a smiling Blake wearing a baseball cap back to front, and Tristan, with his hair appeared to have been dyed yellow and cut into a mohawk also grins at the camera.

The boys (pictured) died in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on Friday and their mother has been accused of their murder

Sarah Barrass (pictured) is accused of murdering two teenage brothers

Brandon Machin (pictured) stands accused of murder

Sarah Barrass (pictured, left) and Brandon Machin (pictured, right) have been accused of murdering the two teenagers 

Police were called to a property in the wider Shiregreen area of the city at around 7.30am, and arrested Barrass and Machin. 

Barrass is also accused of three counts of attempted murder against two other children.

The boys died after they were taken to hospital and are suspected to have been poisoned, it was reported, after the boys were said to have sent a message from a Nintendo Switch console to a friend saying they were ‘feeling sick’ at 7am – half an hour before police were called to their house. 

Tristan Barrass

Blake Barrass

Tristan Barrass, 13 (left) and Blake Barrass, 14 (right) died following what police described as a ‘major’ incident at a house in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on Friday

A prison van arrives at Sheffield Magistrates Court, protected by police this morning

A prison van arrives at Sheffield Magistrates Court, protected by police this morning

Floral tributes have been left outside the home (pictured) in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield

Floral tributes have been left outside the home (pictured) in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield

They appeared at Sheffield Magistrates today dressed in grey prison-issue uniforms for the short 10-minute hearing while flanked by three security officers.

They spoke to confirm their names, ages, addresses and nationalities but did not enter a plea.

Barrass, who sobbed as she entered the court room could be heard shouting as she left the dock. 

No application was made for bail and the pair were remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield Crown Court tomorrow morning.

Police forensic officers at the scene

Police forensic officers at the scene

A police woman took flowers from school children to lay outside the house where the two children died

A police woman took flowers from school children to lay outside the house where the two children died

The chair of the bench said: ‘You will be sent to crown court and will appear there tomorrow morning.

‘Because of the nature of the offences, bail is not applicable. You will be remanded in custody.’

Up to 15 police cars, two riot vans and four ambulances descended on the home, while the air ambulance landed at a nearby primary school on Friday morning.

Dozens of floral tributes were left outside the family’s home that was still sealed off behind police tape on Friday.

Pictured: A forensics officer attends the scene after the children were taken to hospital

Pictured: A forensics officer attends the scene after the children were taken to hospital

As the investigation continues police continue to guard the entrance to the house where the children were found

As the investigation continues police continue to guard the entrance to the house where the children were found

A steady stream of tearful school children brought flowers, balloons and teddy bears to the scene. An online fundraising drive has been launched to help the surviving children.

Gill Furniss, Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, said she was ‘deeply saddened by the tragic incident’. 

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