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


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.