House of horrors demolished but gruesome memory lives on two years after Shiregreen murders

It has been two years since the brutal murder of two teen brothers who died at the hands of their own parents that rocked an otherwise 'quiet' Sheffield neighbourhood.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 1:25 pm

Blake and Tristan Barrass were just 14 and 13 when they were killed in the double-storey house on Gregg House Road, Shiregreen on May 24, 2019.

The house was also where incestuous parents Sarah Barrass and Brandon Machin plotted to murder the rest of their children, where they had forced all of them to take tablets.

The evil parents also tried to down a younger child in the bath.

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The former Barrass home on Gregg House Road, Shiregreen. Picture: Chris Etchells

Not only did the gruesome murder shock the community, it had also triggered an outrage across the city and throughout the nation on how the deaths could have been prevented.

Last February, the 'horror house' was finally reduced to rubble to make way for a memorial to remember the lives that were taken away so soon.

And two years on, the memory of the children lives on as local residents are perhaps still coming to terms on what had happened right outside their doorsteps.

The neighbours, when approached on Monday, also did not seem too comfortable to talk about it given the sensitive nature of the incident.

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

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.