Mother sobs in dock as she appears accused of murdering her two children at Sheffield home

A mother sobbed in the dock yesterday as she was accused of murdering her two sons at their home in Sheffield.

Sarah Barrass, 34, is charged with killing Blake Barrass, 14, and Tristan Barrass, 13, at the property in the Shiregreen area on Friday.

The uncle of the boys, Brandon Machin, 37, also appeared in the dock at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court charged with their murder.

It remains unclear how the boys were killed, but four other children were rushed to hospital for treatment following the incident at the house.

Machin has also been charged with three counts of attempted murder against two separate children, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Barrass began sobbing as soon as she entered the dock yesterday morning for the 10-minute hearing.

She and Machin appeared wearing grey prison t-shirts and flanked by three security dock officers.

They spoke to confirm their names, dates of birth, addresses and nationalities.

No application for bail was made and they were remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday.

Barrass could be heard shouting as she left the dock.

Police were called to a semi-detached house in Shiregreen at around 7.30am on Friday.

Detectives have given no indication about the nature of the incident, but confirmed it was not a shooting and said it was confined to one property.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said detectives no-one else is being sought in connection with the incident.


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