Dad started fire to frame ex-girlfriend, court is told
A father accused of killing his six children in a house fire started the blaze as part of a "plan" to frame his ex-girlfriend after becoming locked in a custody battle with her, a court has heard.
Mick Philpott, along with his wife Mairead, allegedly started the fire at their semi-detached home after making reports to the police that his former partner, Lisa Willis, had been threatening him and his family.
There were emotional scenes during their manslaughter trial at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday as the 999 call made by the couple as the fire took hold was played.
Philpott stood and tried to leave the dock saying "I can't listen to it" before being made to sit down by security officers. He spent the remaining minutes sobbing, with his head bowed.
The court was told the family shared an unconventional lifestyle – Philpott, 56, his 31-year-old wife and Ms Willis, 28, all lived in the same house.
A total of 11 children also lived there – six were those of Mick and Mairead Philpott, while four were his children with Ms Willis. Another child was Ms Willis's with another man.
Mick and Mairead Philpott's children all perished after the fire at their home in Victory Road, Allenton, in the early hours of May 11.
The couple, along with a third defendant, 46-year-old Paul Mosley, have all denied six counts of manslaughter in relation to the deaths.
At the start of their trial, prosecutor Richard Latham QC told the jury the fire was started in the early hours of the morning on the day Ms Willis and Philpott were due in court to discuss the residency of the children.