A MAN today admitted killing his partner, her two children and a pal at a sleepover but denied murder and rape.
Damian Bendall, 32, allegedly slaughtered 11-year-old Lacey, her brother John, 13, 和朋友康妮根特, 11, at a home in Killamarsh, 德比.
He is also accused of raping Lacey and murdering his partner Terri Harris, 35, who is mum to the youngster and John.
Bendall appeared at Derby Crown Court today where he entered guilty pleas to manslaughter.
But he denied four counts of murder and one count of raping a girl under the age of 13.
He will stand trial for those offences, which allegedly took place between September 17 和 20 去年, 在十一月 24.
Officers were scrambled to the home in September after receiving a call for the safety of a man.
They discovered the four tragic victims 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 “隔离的” 事件.
They also said they had no prior contact with those involved.
Tributes have flooded in for Terri, 莱西, John and Connie, who had been at the home for a sleepover.
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” 莱西, 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, 读: “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.
他附上了一张日落的照片: “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 4 hour drive back home having just received heartbreaking news that my beautiful boy John and beautiful daughter Lacey have been taken away from me. Their mum Terri also lost her life and Laceys 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.
“Gone too soon with so much to live for. I wish I could hold you and kiss you and tell you how much i love you. Thank you for making my world. All my love dad. xxx”.
Connie’s dad Charlie Gent paid tribute to his daughter, 问: “我的宝贝女儿whhhhyyy”.
他还敦促父母花尽可能多的时间陪伴孩子 “尽可能” 并说他的 “世界” 曾经 “带走了”.
查理补充说: “我的小女孩走了我什至无法用语言表达甚至如何 2 感觉或反应仪式现在甚至不应该写这个.
“现在有 2 接受我无助的事实 2 像你一直承诺的那样保护她，她已经走了.