The jury in the trial of three people accused of the manslaughter of six children in a Derby house fire has heard a secret recording of their parents Mick and Mairead Philpott in a police van. They all deny the charges.
Derby house fire trial: jury hears secret recordings
The jury in the trial of three people accused of the manslaughter of six children in a Derby house fire has heard a secret recording of Mick and Mairead Philpott in a police van. In audio played to the court Mick Philpott says to Mairead:
"We will walk free and prove our innocence right? And then we'll sort them out, promise you."
– Mick Philpott
The defendants Mick and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley deny the charges.
Philpott was the 'dominant force' in the disturbance says PC Louretta
PC Louretta said that Mick Philpott kept saying that he wanted to have regular contact with the children he had with Ms Willis and he wanted a '50-50' split in terms of access to them.
The jury heard that whilst inside the house, Ms Willis had agreed to allow Mr Philpott access to the children.
On the night in question, the officer said Mr Philpott had calmed down and was the 'dominant force' in the conversation while Ms Willis appeared quiet and calm. He added that Mairead Philpott was also there but said nothing.
PC Louretta said Ms Willis later left with her belongings and the children's clothes.