These are the first pictures of the two teenage brothers allegedly 'poisoned' by their mother who appeared in court today charged with their murders.
These are the first pictures of the two teenage brothers allegedly ‘poisoned’ by their mother who appeared in court today charged with their murders.
Tristan Barrass, 13, and Blake Barrass, 14, died following what police described as a ‘major’ incident at a house in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on Friday.
Sarah Barrass, 34, was charged with their murder alongside Brandon Machin, 37, and the pair appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court today.
The pictures show a smiling Blake wearing a baseball cap back to front, and Tristan, with his hair appeared to have been dyed yellow and cut into a mohawk also grins at the camera.
Tristan Barrass, 13 (left) and Blake Barrass, 14 (right) died following what police described as a ‘major’ incident at a house in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on Friday
Police were called to a property in the wider Shiregreen area of the city at around 7.30am, and arrested Barrass and Machin.
Barrass is also accused of three counts of attempted murder against two other children.
The boys died after they were taken to hospital and are suspected to have been poisoned, it was reported.
It was claimed the 13 and 14-year-old boys sent a message from a Nintendo Switch console to a friend saying they were ‘feeling sick’ at 7am – half an hour before police were called to their house.
A prison van arrives at Sheffield Magistrates Court, protected by police this morning
Floral tributes have been left outside the home (pictured) in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield
They appeared at Sheffield Magistrates today dressed in grey prison-issue uniforms for the short 10-minute hearing while flanked by three security officers.
They spoke to confirm their names, ages, addresses and nationalities but did not enter a plea.
Barrass, who sobbed as she entered the court room could be heard shouting as she left the dock.
No application was made for bail and the pair were remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield Crown Court tomorrow morning.
Police forensic officers at the scene
A police woman took flowers from school children to lay outside the house where the two children died
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.’
Up to 15 police cars, two riot vans and four ambulances descended on the home, while the air ambulance landed at a nearby primary school on Friday morning.
Dozens of floral tributes were left outside the family’s home that was still sealed off behind police tape on Friday.
Pictured: A forensics officer attends the scene after the children were taken to hospital
As the investigation continues police continue to guard the entrance to the house where the children were found
A steady stream of tearful school children brought flowers, balloons and teddy bears to the scene. An online fundraising drive 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’.