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Quadruple killer admits manslaughter of mother and three children

Damien Bendall, 32, will now face trial in November after denying the murders of Terri Harris, Lacey Bennett, John Paul Bennett and Connie Gent.

04 October 2022

A quadruple killer has admitted killing a mother and three children whose bodies were found at a house in Derbyshire.

Damien Bendall, 32, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the manslaughter of 11-year-old Lacey Bennett, her brother John Paul Bennett, 13, their mother Terri Harris, 35, and Lacey’s friend Connie Gent, also 11.

Bendall entered the guilty pleas from the dock while denying the murder of all four victims during a hearing at Derby Crown Court.

Damien Bendall court case
Lacey Bennett with her brother John Paul Bennett and their mother Terri Harris. (Family handout/Derbyshire Police)

He will now face a trial on the murder charges, which is expected to begin on November 24 and to last for around three weeks.

The four victims were found dead at a house in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, near Sheffield, on September 19 last year.

It is alleged Bendall, of Chandos Crescent, murdered each victim on a day between September 17-20.

Damien Bendall court case
Lacey Bennett’s friend Connie Gent (Derbyshire Police)

During a day-long hearing, he also denied raping Lacey Bennett in September last year.

Other details of the hearing cannot be reported for legal reasons.

Bendall was remanded in custody until a further hearing on Friday next week.

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