Neighbours suspected incest mum and brother who murdered their kids were in a relationship ‘when they called him Dad’

NEIGHBOURS of an incestuous mum and her half brother who murdered two of their children suspected they were lovers when her kids called him ‘Dad’.

Sarah Barrass, 35, and Brandon Machin, 39, tried to hide their sexual relationship even though he had fathered her six children.

Incest couple Sarah Barrass and half-brother Brandon Machin killed their teen sons and plotted to murder four other kids
Blake Barrass who was strangled by his dad Brandon Machin
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Tristan was strangled by his mother Sarah
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The evil pair were jailed for 35 years this week for strangling their son Tristan, 13, to death in front of 14-year-old Blake before killing the older sibling in May.

The pair had worried the net was closing in on them as social services investigated the family.

The day before a plot to poison all six of their kids had failed.

A court was told the couple, who had the same mum, had been having sex together ever since their mid-teens.

Neighbours in Sheffield, South Yorks, said they had suspected the siblings were sexual partners as Machin was seen sneaking out of the property in the morning and the children would ‘slip up’ and call him ‘Dad’.

One told the Mail Online: “She had two more children and yet there was no sign of a father and no explanation for how the little ones came to be conceived. The only man who was ever seen at the house was her brother.

“My suspicions really started when I would watch him leave the house and shout goodbye, he’d see them in the morning.

“Then after the younger children were born and could talk they’d slip up and call him ‘Dad.’”

MUM’S TWISTED FACEBOOK POSTS

The tragic teens were discovered on their bedroom bunks by emergency crews at 7.30am as Barrass barricaded herself in her room with the four surviving children.

She was was holding a notebook, which was open on a page entitled “Funeral Arrangements”.

An inquest heard Tristan was pronounced dead at 9.14am on May 14, while Blake died 12 minutes later at 9.26.am.

In the weeks leading up to their deaths, twisted Barrass had posted a string of chilling quotes and pictures on Facebook.

She quoted Stephen King in one, saying: “Murder is like potato chips; you can’t stop with just one.”

In one post accompanied by a picture of the Grim Reaper, she wrote: “I’m not mean or cold hearted. I’m just sick of being f****d over.”

Another featured an image of Death holding a blood-covered scythe with the message: “Coming for you…”

Her own brother branded the fiend “evil from birth” with an obsession with the macabre – and said both her and Machin are “murdering, evil psychopaths”.

Martyn Barrass also said the pair would spend hours watching horror movies and slaughtered pet mice before eventually turning their attention to the innocent children.

And he believes the deaths could have been prevented if social services had acted on his warnings.

The brother claimed Machin had attacked Blake when he was just a toddler, while Barrass injured a girl by shoving her from a tree.

Tristan and Blake were buried together in one coffin earlier this year with an enormous cortege of 300 motorcycles and two Lamborghini cars escorting them to their final resting place.

Tristan and Blake were buried together in one coffin earlier this year with an enormous cortege of 300 motorcycles and two Lamborghini cars escorting them to their final resting place.

A case review into the deaths of the two boys by People Services at Sheffield City Council is now due to take place.

Sarah Barrass was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her two boys
Police rushed to the Sheffield home in May after reports of concern for welfare
Police rushed to the Sheffield home in May after reports of concern for welfare
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