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Killamarsh murder trial date set as Damien Bendall appears in court

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A man accused of murder following the deaths of a mum and three children in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, has appeared in court.

Damien Bendall, 31, made his first appearance at Derby Crown Court this morning (Fri) via video link from HMP Wakefield.

He is accused of the murders of Terri Harris, 35, her two children John Paul Bennett, 13, and Lacey Bennett, 11, as well as Lacey’s friend Connie Gent, 11.

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Their bodies were found at a home in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, Sheffield, on Sunday, September 19.

Bendall, who was represented by Vanessa Marshall QC, appeared in front of a packed courtroom wearing a grey prison sweatshirt.

The hearing began at around 9.55am when the court clerk spoke directly to the accused.

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“Are you Mr Bendall?” they asked. “Yeah, yeah, that’s correct,” he replied.

There was then a slight delay to proceedings as Bendall was taken out of the hearing as he had not had his pre-hearing conference with his barrister.

The courtroom was cleared before members of the public and reporters were allowed back in a short time later.

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Presiding over the hearing, Nirmal Shant QC, Honorary Recorder of Derby, said a provisional trial date period had been set.

“A trial date has been set to take place between March 1 and May 22, next year.”

The court was told the trial will be presided over by a high court judge and will take place at Derby Crown Court.

Prosecuting, Duncan Penny QC said: “The defendant has been sent in respect of four counts of murder.

“I know your honour will have read the details of the allegations. As you will appreciate it is a very complex scene and there are complicated ongoing forensic enquiries.”

A Pre-Trial Preparation Hearing (PTPH) was set for November 26 for either Derby Crown Court or Nottingham Crown Court.

Judge Shant will preside over the hearing. “It seems the sooner the court knows what the issues are the better,” Judge Shant added.

Concluding the hearing, the judge said: “Mr Bendall, you will be remanded into custody. Thank you very much.”

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