Sheffield house where evil Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin killed sons is torn down

The house in Shiregreen where incestuous parents Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin murdered two of their children and plotted to murder the rest has been demolished today to make way for a memorial.

By Lloyd Bent
Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 1:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 2:54 pm

Tristan and Blake Barrass were just 13 and 14 years old when the evil couple – who share a mother – strangled them at their home on Gregg House Road, Shiregreen, on May 24, 2019.

Before the boys were strangled, Barrass and Machin had forced all four of their children to take tablets.

The murderers also tried to drown a younger child in the bath.

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Killers Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin

In September 2019 both Barrass and Machin admitted two counts of murder, conspiracy to murder six children and five counts of attempted murder.

They were both given life sentences, and will serve a minimum of 35 years.

Following lengthy consultations, approval to demolish the house was given to owners Sanctuary Group in July last year. Work began in early 2021.

92 Gregg House Road, where the murders took place, has been demolished.

A spokesperson for Sanctuary Group said: “The decision has been taken as we believe it is the right option to help the local community move forward and because it will allow us to create a suitable memorial to the events that occurred.

"An open space will be created when the property is removed, and the space will include a memorial tree to provide a subtle reminder of the tragic events that occurred at the address.”

The surviving members of the family have been informed of the plan and have supported it.

Letters were also sent to the local community, local councillors and the local MP to update them on the situation, and discussions took place with the residents in the properties closest to number 92.

Tristan, 13 and Blake Barrass, 14, were murdered by their parents, Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin in May 2019. The depraved and incestuous couple share a mother and hatched a plot to kill all six of their children after becoming concerned their unnatural relationship would be discovered. In November 2019, they were jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 35 years, for the murders of Tristan and Blake, the attempted murder of their four surviving children and the conspiracy to murder all six children.

Speaking about the decision, Operations Director, Daren Nowlan, added: “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.”

Tristan and Blake Barrass were murdered by their parents in 2019.