Derby house fire: Philpott parents murder trial to begin in January

Prison van
Image caption The prison van containing Mick and Mairead Philpott leaving court

The parents of six children who died in a house fire in Derby are to go on trial for their murders in January next year.

Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.

They were told at the preliminary hearing they would go on trial in January.

Their six children died following a house fire at their Derby home in Victory Road, Allenton, in May.

Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, died in the blaze and Duwayne, 13, died three days later.

Their funerals will be at St Mary's Church in St Alkmund's Way on Friday.

Church officials said Mr and Mrs Philpott would not be attending the funeral service.

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