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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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  1. Rupert Evelyn: ITV News Midlands Correspondent

Mairead Philpott takes to witness box

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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