SICK Damien Bendall today pleaded GUILTY to the murder of his girlfriend, her two kids and one of their friends at a sleepover.
The monster admitted he killed Lacey, 11, her brother John, 13, their pregnant mum Terri Harris, 35, and pal Connie Gent, 11, at a home in Killamarsh, Derbys.
7Damien Bendall today pleaded GUILTY to the murder of his girlfriend, her two kids and one of their friends7The 32-year-old admitted he killed Lacey, 11, her brother John, 13, and their mum Terri Harris, 35Credit: Facebook7Deranged Bendall also plead guilty to killing Lacey’s best friend Connie Gent, 11Credit: Social Media – Refer to SourceBendall, who was wearing prison issue grey sweatshirt and blue jeans, pleaded guilty to four counts of murder at Derby Crown Court this morning.
The deranged 32-year-old also pleaded guilty to raping little Lacey during the sick attack on September 19, 2021.
Dignified families of his victims looked him in the eyes as as Bendall entered his pleas from the dock.
He stared at the ground throughout with his thumbs wedged in either pocket of his jeans.
Louis Mably KC, prosecuting, said: “On the night of Saturday 18th September stretching into the early hours of Sunday morning the defendant brutally murdered Terri Harris, who was in the early staged of pregnancy.
“He also murdered Terri’s two children by a previous partner. He also murdered Connie gent, a friend of Lacey’s who just happened to be staying at the house for a sleepover.
“The circumstances of the offences are truly hideous. These were brutal and cruel attacks on a woman and three children.
“The defendant attacked them using a claw hammer. He hit them with such ferocity that in essence their skulls were smashed in and in the case of Lacey parts of her brain matter were found on the living room floor.
“It was perfectly clear none of the victims stood a chance.”
The court heard how the order of the murders cannot be determined, but they were all attacked in a different room and Bendall went from room to room “looking for them”.
Mr Mably said during the attacks Bendall raped Lacey as she lay dying from the head wounds he had inflicted.
The court heard how Bendall and Terri met online about 18 months before the killings.
He was due to attend a plea hearing in November last year, but he was deemed too unwell to attend.
Officers were scrambled to the home in September last year after receiving a call for the safety of a man.
They discovered the four victims tragically dead at the scene.
Bendall was taken to hospital to be treated for “self-inflicted minor injuries” before being moved to custody.
Police confirmed a murder probe had been launched and said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the “isolated” incident.
They also said they had no prior contact with those involved.
Tributes earlier flooded in for Terri, Lacey, John and Connie after their tragic deaths.
Lacey and John’s dad Jason Bennett wept as he laid flowers for his children close to the home where they were found dead.
He addressed a floral tribute to his “TikTok queen” Lacey, saying he was “lost without you”.
A note read: “Look after your big brother and don’t wind him up.”
Jason also left a handwritten note at the house for John, reading: “My beautiful son, keep your kind heart shining while the angels are looking after you for me.”
He earlier posted a devastating tribute on Facebook alongside touching images of Lacey and John.
Jason said: “Absolutely broken my heart into a million pieces.
“I didn’t protect my beautiful babies enough from the monsters and now they have been suddenly taken away from me.
“I’m writing this as I’m lost and broken on a four-hour drive back home having just received heart-breaking news that my beautiful boy John and beautiful daughter Lacey have been taken away from me.
“Their mum Terri also lost her life and Lacey’s best friend was also taken away from the world.
“Life will never be the same. I love you both more than anything. Please look after each other.”
Connie’s dad Charlie Gent paid tribute to his daughter, asking: “My Baby Girl whhhhyyy”.
He also urged parents to spend as much time with their kids “as possible” and said his “world” had been “taken away”.
Charlie added: “My little girl has gone I can’t even put into words or even how 2 feel or react rite now shouldn’t even be writing this.
“Now have 2 live with the fact I was helpless 2 protect her as u always promised n she’s gone.
“Fly safe baby girl I love you with all my heart n always will. Gonna miss u like crazy”.
It was also revealed that just hours before Connie and Lacy were killed, the pals were out raising money for charity.
The pair loaded a table with goodies to raise money for cancer research after meeting a local sufferer — but that night their sleepover ended in bloodshed.
7Dad Jason paid tribute to John and LaceyCredit: PA7Lacey was killed by sick BendallCredit: Facebook7John, 11, was among the victimsCredit: Facebook7Tributes to the kids were laid at the sceneCredit: PA
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