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A MAN accused of the murders of his girlfriend, his two children and one of his friends faces a new charge for raping one of the young women.
Damien Bendall, 31, allegedly killed 11-year-old Lacey, her brother John, 13, and her friend Connie Gent, 11, at a home in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.
Arrested and Charged
Damien Bendall, accused of murdering a woman and three children, has now been charged with an additional count of rape.
Prosecutors allege he raped 11-year-old Lacey
He is also accused of murdering his partner Terri Harris, 35, who was the mother of young Lacey and John.
And today, he too has been accused of raping Lacey.
A CPS spokesperson said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorized an additional charge for Damien Bendall, 31, after reviewing a Derbyshire police evidence file. He has now been charged with raping a minor girl. 13 years old. ”
“Mr. Bendall was previously charged with four counts of murder in connection with an incident in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.”
The bodies were found on a property on September 19.
Bendall is charged with four counts of murder and was due to appear today at a guilty plea hearing at Nottingham Crown Court. However, he was not feeling well to attend.
The tributes came to Terri, Lacey, John, and Connie, who had been at the house for a sleepover.
Lacey and John’s father, Jason Bennett
Lacey and John’s father, Jason Bennett, cried as he laid flowers for his children near the house where they were found dead.
He addressed a floral tribute to his “TikTok queen” Lacey, saying that he was “lost without you.”
Jason also left a handwritten note at the house for John that said
A note said, “Take care of your older brother and don’t finish it.”
Jason also left a handwritten note at the house for John that said, “My beautiful son, make your kind heart shine as the angels take care of you for me.”
He previously posted a devastating tribute on Facebook along with poignant images of Lacey and John.
Jason said, “It absolutely broke my heart into a million pieces.
“I didn’t protect my beautiful babies enough from monsters and now they have suddenly been taken from me.
“I am writing this as I am lost and heartbroken on a 4 hour drive home after receiving heartbreaking news that my beautiful boy John and my beautiful daughter Lacey have been taken from me.
Her mother, Terri, also lost her life and Lacey’s best friend was also cut off from the world.
“Life will never be the same again. I love you both more than anything. Please take care of each other.”