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Derby fire deaths: Philpotts and Mosley jailed

  • 4 April 2013
  • From the section Derby
Mick Philpott, Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley
Mick and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were convicted on Tuesday
Duwayne Philpott, 13, Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five
Five of the children died on the morning of the fire and the eldest died three days later
Dawn Bestwick, Mick Philpott's sister, outside Nottingham Crown Court
Dawn Bestwick shouted "Die, Mick, Die" at her brother from the public gallery
Van leaves Nottingham Crown Court
Members of the public reacted angrily as a police van believed to be transporting Mick or Mairead Philpott left Nottingham Crown Court
People outside Nottingham Crown Court
Dozens of people gathered outside court after the sentences were given and shouts of "scum" were heard

A father convicted of killing six of his children in a fire at his Derby house has been jailed for life.

Mick Philpott, 56, was told at Nottingham Crown Court he would serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.

He was convicted of manslaughter along with his wife Mairead and friend Paul Mosley, who were told they would serve half their 17-year sentences.

Mrs Justice Thirlwall told Philpott he was "the driving force behind this shockingly dangerous enterprise".

The trial heard he plotted to set his house alight to frame his former mistress Lisa Willis, with whom he was fighting a custody battle over their children.

If he gained custody, he hoped Miss Willis would return to live with him.

'Die, Mick, die'

The judge told Philpott in her sentencing remarks: "You could not stand the fact that she had crossed you.

"You were determined to make sure she came back and you began to put together your plan."

The judge said the children were subjected to a terrifying ordeal.

She said: "Their terror was the price they were going to pay for your callous selfishness.

"In fact, they paid with their six young lives."

She told Philpott that he had "no moral compass", adding: "Your guiding principle is what Mick Philpott wants he gets."

Philpott's sister, Dawn Bestwick, shouted "Die, Mick, die" from the public gallery as he was taken down.

The judge told Mairead Philpott, 32, she had been treated "as a skivvy or a slave" by her husband.

She added: "As became clear during the trial you were prepared to go to any lengths, however humiliating, to keep him happy.

"You put Michael Philpott above your children and as a result they have died."

'Lied throughout'

The judge told Mosley, 46, he had "nothing to do" with Lisa Willis or her children, yet was "prepared to go along with the plan and to join in with it to please your then friend, Michael Philpott".

The trial heard Philpott, his wife and his mistress had lived at the three-bedroom council house with 11 of their children until Miss Willis moved out in February 2012.

Jade Philpott, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died on the morning of the fire on 11 May 2012.

Mairead Philpott's son from a previous relationship, 13-year-old Duwayne, died later in hospital. The court heard Mick Philpott considered him his son.

Dawn Bestwick said outside court the sentences were a "victory" for the children who could now "rest in peace".

Det Supt Kate Meynell, of Derbyshire Police, said the Philpotts and Mosley had "lied throughout the investigation and court case".

"There were plenty of opportunities to admit their guilt but they never did and persisted with their denials.

"This has been an incredibly tragic case to investigate and today's sentences bring this difficult inquiry to a close."

Meanwhile, police have confirmed that they intend to "thoroughly" investigate an allegation Philpott raped a woman several years ago.

She made the allegation after the death of Philpott's children, but police decided to wait until the end of the manslaughter trial before investigating the complaint further.

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