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Philpott trial: Judge continues to sum up the case to the jury

Court drawing shows Mick and Mairead Philpott and their friend Paul Mosley Photo:

The judge in the trial of Mick and Mairead Philpott and their friend Paul Mosley has continued to sum up the case for the jury.

On the 30th day of the trial at Nottingham Crown Court, Justice Kate Thirlwall reminded the jury of some of the evidence they have heard. The three defendants deny the charges of manslaughter.

Flowers were laid outside the house

Justice Kate Thirlwall started by repeating evidence given by mothers at the school gates a few days before the fire.

She reminded them: 'The witness said Mick was desperate to get his children back. He said he has something up his sleeve. She also reminded the jury that Mick Philpott did not dispute that version of events.

Later on she moved onto the night of the fire itself, she reminded the jury 'we heard from people who were heroic that night, firemen, police officers and impressively civilians who did what they could in extremely difficult circumstances.'

The five children who died in the fire in May last year

The summing up of this case is expected to take until late tomorrow morning, at which point the jury will have to decide if Mick Philpott, Mairead Philpott and their friend Paul Mosley are guilty of the manslaughter of the six children that died as a result of the fire that night.

She has already told the jury that they must put all emotions aside while making that decision saying 'you must decide cooly and calmly on the basis of the evidence'.

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