Fire that killed six children rehearsed, court told
A father accused of killing his six children in a house fire watched as his wife had sex with another man accused of their manslaughter just days after the fatal blaze, a court heard.
Nottingham Crown Court was told how Mick Philpott, left, and his wife Mairead had "rehearsed" how they would respond to the fire after Mr Philpott talked about getting a bigger house for the family. The couple planned to run outside their home in Victory Road, Derby, screaming for help whilst friend Paul Mosley ran in and rescued the youngsters, it was claimed.
Covert police recordings revealed that Mrs Philpott later performed oral sex on Mr Mosley in what the prosecution claimed was an attempt to keep him onside as suspicions about their involvement in the tragedy grew.
In earlier evidence the girlfriend of Mr Mosley's nephew described hearing of a "rehearsal" plan hatched six weeks before the fire.
Melissa John told the court: "He said, 'What if I was to tell you that we actually rehearsed this six weeks ago?'." Under cross-examination she added: "Mick and Mairead were to be inside the house and Paul was to kick in the back door."
Jade Philpott (10), and her brothers John (9), Jack (8), Jesse (6), and Jayden (5), all perished in the blaze. Duwayne (13) died later in hospital. All three defendants deny six counts of manslaughter. The trial continues. (© Independent News Service)