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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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Mairead Philpott continues giving evidence

Mairead Philpott is continuing to give evidence in the Derby house fire trial. Yesterday she told the court:

  • She had no part in lighting the fire and would never harm her children
  • She started having extra-marital sex before Christmas; her husband Mick encouraged this
  • She felt suicidal when her husband's girlfriend, Lisa Willis, left the family home
  • She woke up to find the house engulfed in flames
  • Hearing the news that five of her children perished in the fire felt "like my insides had been ripped out," she said

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