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'Disturbingly dangerous Philpott jailed, relatives say 'rot in hell'

Mick Philpott stuck two fingers up in court as the Judge told him he was a "disturbingly dangerous man" and would be sent to jail for life.

Van believed to be transporting Mick Philpott leaves Nottingham Crown Court Credit: Press Association

"Shameless Mick", as he was known on his estate, showed no remorse as he was jailed with a minimum 15 year term for being the driving force behind the plot to start the house fire to win custody of his children.

He and wife Mairead, along with Paul Mosley, were each found guilty of six counts of manslaughter.

You are a disturbingly dangerous man. Your guiding principle is what Mick Philpott wants, Mick Philpott gets. You have no moral compass.

– Judge Mrs Justice Thirlwall

32-year-old Mairead and 46-year-old Mosley were both jailed for 17 years.

Mick Philpott and wife Mairead seen in 2011 speaking to the media Credit: Press Association

The fatal blaze that tore through the house in Victory Road, Derby, was started by the trio in an effort to try and frame Philpott's former mistress, Lisa Willis, after she left the family home with her five children three months earlier.

She had lived in the three-bed council house for 10 years with the Philpotts and their six children until she became unhappy and fled.

Members of the Philpott family, who were sitting in the public gallery, broke into applause as the judge finished sentencing. One shouted: "Die, Mick, die."

Police guarding the burnt out home of Mick Philpott last year Credit: Press Association

Speaking exclusively to ITV News, the sister of Mick Philpott described how she effectively buried her brother today as she saw him sentenced to life for killing six of his children in a house fire in Derby. Speaking exclusively to ITV News, Dawn Bestwick said jail wasn't good enough, and that "as a coward" he "deserved to die".

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