‘Maniac murdered my kids in house of horrors – thank God it’s bulldozed’

A father has spoken out about his relief after the horror house, where his two children were murdered at a sleepover, has finally been bulldozed.

He claimed the house was “too painful to drive past” and served as a constant reminder that his children should have been growing up there.

In September 2021, murderer Damien Bendall murdered his pregnant girlfriend Terri Harris, 35, her son John-Paul Bennett, 13, daughter Lacey Bennett and Lacey's best friend Connie Gent, both 11.

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The £100,000 semi-detached home in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, was owned by North East Derbyshire District Council.

They agreed to bulldoze it on July 21 with plans to replace it with a memorial garden for Bendall's victims.

Speaking after the bulldozers moved in, Jason Bennett told the Mail Online: “The council haven't spoken to me about the demolition but I understand that.

“In a way it is sad because my children should have been growing up in that house but I get why it has been knocked down.

“My children's memories are here with me not in that house because I never set foot in the property.”

He added he had no connection to the house but that it served as a reminder every time he passed by it.

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Jason added he isn’t certain there will be a memorial garden, adding he has his own garden to remember his children and he doesn’t need another.

Bendall, 32, who had a long history of violent crime was sentenced to a whole life term in December 2022 after pleading guilty to murdering his victims with a claw hammer.

He also pleaded guilty to raping Lacey.

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Jason added he would never wish the pain of losing his children on anyone else, and although justice has been served, it made him feel like he lost them all over again.

In January a review how the quadruple murderer was dealt with by probation officers found 'failings' at every stage.

As a result, a probation officer who had assessed Bendall's previous criminal record was sacked for gross misconduct and another member of staff suspended.

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