Saturday 19 April 2014

House fire couple due in court

Mick and Mairead Philpott have both denied six separate counts of manslaughter

A couple accused of killing their six children in a house fire are due to appear in court as their manslaughter trial gets under way.

Mick and Mairead Philpott have both denied six separate counts of manslaughter in relation to the blaze that killed their children last May.

A third defendant, 45-year-old Paul Mosley, has also pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of the youngsters.

Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, all died in the fire at their parents' semi-detached house in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby, in the early hours of May 11.

Their older brother Duwayne, 13, died of his injuries in Birmingham Children's Hospital two days later.

Derbyshire Police said smoke from the fire travelled upstairs to where the children were in bed. All six died as a result of smoke inhalation, the force has said.

John, Jack, Jesse, Jayden and Jade were all certified dead at the accident and emergency department of the Royal Derby Hospital.

Philpott, 56, his 31-year-old wife and Mosley, of Cecil Street, Derby, will go on trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

A jury is expected to be selected on Monday with the prosecution likely to open its case later in the week.

Press Association

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