– Seemingly overwhelmed by grief during an appeal for information about the killer of six of his children, Mick Philpott buried his face in a tissue and wept. His performance earned him the sympathy of people across the nation, but his crocodile tears did not fool police.
Derbyshire’s Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill was convinced he had his man. On Tuesday, his confidence was vindicated as Philpott, his wife, Mairead, and his best friend Paul Mosley were convicted of killing the children by setting the family’s Derby house alight.
Mick Philpott, 56, became the prime suspect because of his erratic behaviour after the fire and police fitted the hotel room in which he was being housed with listening devices. Detectives heard him ask his whether she had stuck to the story in her police interview.
Philpott started the fire by pouring petrol in his hallway and igniting it, in an effort to frame his former girlfriend Lisa Willis, who had also lived in the house, and win back custody of their five children. He may have also been motivated by a desire for a bigger house.
The plan for a small fire went disastrously wrong and the blaze engulfed the house.
Tuckled up in bed, Jade, 10, and her brothers Duwayne, 13, John , 9, Jack, 8, Jesse, 6, and Jayden, 5, were overcome within minutes.
Using the secret microphones, police heard the Philpotts attempting to concoct a plot to put the blame on Miss Willis, 29, who had walked out on Philpott three months earlier, taking their children with her. Their idea was to portray Philpott as the hero who tried to rescue his children.
Forensic evidence linked Philpott to the crime but he has never accepted responsibility and shouted, “It’s not over yet”, as he was convicted at Nottingham Crown Court. Mairead Philpott, 31, cried as her sister screamed abuse from the public gallery, while Mosley, 46, sat staring ahead. All three were found guilty of manslaughter and were to be sentenced on Wednesday – Nick Britten


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