The bodies of 35-year-old Terri Harris, her two children Lacey, 11, and John, 13, and Lacey’s friend Connie Gent, also 11, were found inside a property on Chandos Crescent in the Derbyshire village on Sunday morning.
Here is everything you need to know about the incident, who Damien Bendall is and what will happen next.
What happened on Chandos Crescent in Killamarsh
Derbyshire Constabulary deployed its officers to a house on Chandos Crescent on Sunday, September 19 over safety concerns.
They were called at around 7.25am and made the grim discovery of four bodies at the property shortly after.
The bodies were of a woman, her two children and a best friend of one of the youngsters who was at the house for a sleepover.
They have been named as 11-year-old Lacey Bennett and 13-year-old John Paul Bennett, their mum, 35-year-old Terri Harris, and Lacey’s best friend, 11-year-old Connie Gent.
Damien Bendall was arrested and has been charged with four counts of murder.
It has been suggested that Terri Harris may have been pregnant at the time of her murder, as she allegedly told friends and neighbours she was in the early stages of pregnancy in the weeks before her death.
The three children involved the tragedy all attended Outwood Academy City in Stradbroke, Sheffield.
John and Lacey used to live in Woodhouse, Sheffield, where Connie also lived with her family.
The full circumstances around the incident have not yet been established or released and police investigations are ongoing, with officers still on the scene.
Who is Damien Bendall
Police have now charged Damien Bendall with the murders and he has remained in custody since his arrest at the scene on Sunday.
He is 31-years-old and his address is given as Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, Derbyshire.
When was he in court
Bendall was due in court this morning (Wednesday, September 22) for his first hearing, although it was confirmed he would be attending via video link from prison rather than in person.
His hearing was originally scheduled for 10am but he did not appear until around lunchtime.
The hearing took place at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, Derby.
Crowds were said to have gathered outside the courtroom.
What happens next
Damien Bendall has been remanded in custody after making a video-link appearance from Ripley police station during his short hearing.
He spoke only to confirm his name, address, and date of birth.
He is expected to appear in court again soon.
When will Damien Bendall next be in court
Bendall’s next court hearing is scheduled for this Friday, September 24.