– 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


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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