Mairead Philpott denies being scared of husband

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