Sheffield duo sentenced to 35 years for the murder of two boys and the attempted murder of four others
Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin from Sheffield have today been sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 35 years, at Sheffield Crown Court for the murder of Blake and Tristan Barrass, attempting to murder four other children in the family, and conspiring to kill all six children in the family. All the children were under 13.
On 23 May the defendants attempted to poison four children with prescribed drugs at a house in Shiregreen, Sheffield. The next day, they strangled two boys and then suffocated them by placing plastic bags over their heads.
Edmund Hulbert from the CPS said: “This was an appalling crime in which two young lives were lost, and a family torn apart, leaving a community in shock.
“Two of the surviving children witnessed their older siblings being attacked and the trauma that all the children have experienced, and will continue to experience, is unimaginable.
“It is paramount now that the surviving children are allowed to rebuild their lives in peace.”
Notes to editors
- Edmund Hulbert is a Senior Crown Prosecutor, Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
- Sarah Barrass D.o.B - 21 July 1984
- Brandon Machin D.o.B - 19 June 1980.