Philpott house fire jury out

The judge in the trial of a couple accused of killing their six children in a house fire in Derby has told the jury he will accept a majority verdict. Mairead Philpott, her husband Mick, and a third defendant all deny manslaughter charges.

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Mairead Philpott takes to witness box

by Rupert Evelyn: ITV News Midlands Correspondent
Court sketch of Mairead Philpott at an earlier hearing
Court sketch of Mairead Philpott at an earlier hearing Credit: ITV News Central

Mairead Philpott, wife of Mick Philpott, is being questioned by her defence lawyer. She is warned that she is likely to remain in the witness box for some time.

Did you light the fire? "No". Did you help anybody else start the fire? "No". Did you see Mick or Paul start the fire? "No," Mairead says.

Would you do anything which would result in you spending the rest of your life without your children? "No".

Would you take part in anything that would harm your children or risk harming your children? "No".

She tells the jury that she was badly "abused" by her father when she was three or four years old, and that she was raped while on holiday as a teenager.

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Mick Philpott to give evidence in Derby house fire trial

The six Philpott children who died as a result of the blaze in May 2012
The six Philpott children who died as a result of the blaze in May 2012

Mick Philpott is to continue giving evidence in his manslaughter trial over the deaths of six of his children after a fire at his home in Derby last year.

Mick and his wife Mairead Philpott appear alongside Paul Mosley charged with manslaughter following the fire on May 11, 2012.

Mairead is expected to give evidence to the court fro the first time today.

All three deny the charges.

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Philpott admits hitting ex-girlfriend

by Richard Pallot - ITV News Correspondent

Mick Philpott has admitted hitting a previous girlfriend, but says she deserved it because he claims she hit his children.

Prosecutor Richard Latham claimed Philpott hit his mistress, Lisa Willis, with a stick.

Philpott says he "can't recollect" whether he did or not.

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