Regarding Mick Philpott's unorthodox domestic arrangements, Anthony Orchard QC invoked the Old Testament.
"In many other cultures around the world, men can have more than one wife. We know that Jacob, in the Bible, had two wives and two mistresses," he said.
The jury should not judge Mr. Philpott for his lifestyle, he added, but should try this case on the evidence.
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