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Derby fire deaths: Mairead Philpott 'abused by her father'

A woman accused of the manslaughter of her six children in a house fire has told jurors she was abused by her father as a child.

Mairead Philpott also said she was raped while on holiday as a teenager and was at "rock bottom" when she met her future husband Michael Philpott.

Mrs Philpott told Nottingham Crown Court she did not plan or set the fire in Derby and did not see her husband or co-accused Paul Mosley start it.

All three deny manslaughter.

Jeremy Cooke reports.

  • 18 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK
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