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Mother appears in court charged with murder of her sons

Victims: Tributes were left for Tristan Barrass, 13, and (below) Blake Barrass, 14

A MOTHER has appeared in court accused of murdering her two sons.

Sarah Barrass, 34, was charged by police following an incident at a semi-detached house in Sheffield on Friday.

Her sons Tristan Barrass, 13, and Blake Barrass, 14, died after they were taken to hospital, along with four other children. The cause of their deaths is not yet known.

Police were called to a house in the city’s Shiregreen area at 7.30am and arrested Barrass, along with Brandon Machin, 37, of no fixed address. He, too, has been charged with murder.

Barrass is also accused of three counts of attempted murder against two other children.

The pair appeared before Sheffield magistrates dressed in grey prison-issue uniforms, while flanked by three security officers, for the ten-minute hearing.

In court: Sarah Barrass, 34, and (below) Brandon Machin, 37, are accused of murder

They spoke to confirm their names, ages, addresses and nationalities but did not enter a plea.

No application was made for bail and the pair were remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield crown court this morning.

The chair of the bench said: ‘You will be sent to crown court and will appear there tomorrow morning.

‘Because of the nature of the offences, bail is not applicable. You will be remanded in custody.’

Scene: An aerial view of the house PICTURE: PA

Up to 15 police cars, two riot vans and four ambulances descended on the home on Friday morning while an air ambulance landed at a nearby primary school.

Police have released no details of the incident, except to say that it was not a shooting.

Dozens of floral tributes have been left outside the family’s home. Tearful schoolchildren and parents brought flowers, balloons and teddy bears with messages and tributes to leave at the scene. One mother said: ‘It is heartbreaking for everyone.’

An online fundraising campaign has been launched to help the surviving children.

Gill Furniss, Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, said she was ‘deeply saddened by the tragic incident’.