Friday 15 November 2019

Covert conversations played to jury

Mick Philpott and wife Mairead speak to the media following the fire at their home which claimed the lives of six children
Mick Philpott and wife Mairead speak to the media following the fire at their home which claimed the lives of six children

Covert recordings of conversations caught in a bugged hotel room between parents accused of killing their six children have been played to a court and revealed them discussing what they told officers in the days after the blaze.

Mick and Mairead Philpott were heard talking in the room that was being monitored 24 hours a day by Serious and Organised Crime detectives, and officers say they also caught on tape sexual activity between them and friend Paul Mosley.

All three are accused at Nottingham Crown Court of the manslaughter of the Philpott's six young children in the fatal fire in Allenton, Derby, which engulfed the family home on May 11 last year.

On May 16, five days following the fire and after 31-year-old Mrs Philpott's witness evidence to police, Philpott, 56, was heard on the recording asking his wife: "What did you say about me trying to get in?" Mrs Philpott is heard to answer: "You tried everything you could to get in, like I said to them, I wanted to run through the flames up the stairs."

Philpott asked: "Was you crying when you said it? How bad?" She replies: "Not really, really bad, but I was crying."

Mosley, 46, visited the couple in their Premier Inn room and parts of recordings were played to jurors that prosecutors said showed sexual activity between the three. On May 19, Philpott refers to his wife performing a sex act on Mosley, which prosecutor Richard Latham QC said in his opening to the court was done to keep Mosley on side.

Police say they caught a sex act on audiotape in which all three defendants appear to be in the same room. The jury heard a subsequent conversation which was also caught on tape, in which Philpott is heard to say to his wife: "I'm proud of you." He later says: "I'm proud of you because you didn't want to do it, I'm proud of you because you lied to me."

"When?" she asks. "Well, you said you wanted to do it and you didn't," he replies.

All three defendants have denied six counts of manslaughter in relation to each of the children. Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13, all perished after the fire at their home in Victory Road.

Shortly after talking to police about events on the night of the fire, Philpott is heard asking his wife: "Are you going to be able to cope with this now? I'll tell you something, you know. I was expecting yesterday that you were going to stray." She replied: "I bet that was you thinking exactly the same as I was thinking when you were in there doing yours."

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