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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 denies being scared of husband

Court illustration of Mairead Philpott (L) and Mick Philpott (2nd from R) in court Credit: Priscilla Coleman

Mairead Philpott is telling the court how she wanted custody of Lisa Willis' five children. "I was more of a mother to those children than their own mother was," she says.

When asked if she was scared of her husband, Mick Philpott, Mairead relies: "No. I wasn't."

She says she does not remember how many times Mick went up the ladder to try to rescue his children: "I don't know. I was hysterical."

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