Evil killer admits murdering 3 kids and mum and raping child during sleepover

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    Damien Bendall has pleaded guilty to four counts of murder and one of rape.

    Bendall, 32, appeared at Derby Crown Court this morning (Wednesday, December 21) over the deaths of Terri Harris, 35, her children John Paul Bennett, 13, Lacey Bennet, 11, and Lacey's friend Connie Gent, 11.

    The bodies were discovered in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh, Derbyshire, on September 19 last year.

    Bendall, who had previously admitted manslaughter, is accused of murdering all four between Friday, September 17, and Monday, September 18, as well as raping Lacey.

    Outlining the case, Louis Mably KC, prosecutor, said: "The defendant has pleaded guilty to the murder of a mother and three children. 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 stages 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. It was perfectly clear none of the victims stood a chance."

    The court has heard the order of the murders cannot be ascertained but they were all attacked in a different room and Bendall went from room to room "looking for them."

    Mr Mably said Bendall raped Lacey as she lay dying from the head wounds he had inflicted.

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