Derby house fire trial: Mick Philpott sang Elvis songs hours after blaze and tried to get rich off back of deaths


Philpott sang Elvis songs at Karaoke hours after blaze and tried to 'get rich quick' off the back of his children's death
Mick Philpott faked a collapse at a press conference after children's deaths
Wanted money donated for funeral costs converted into Argos vouchers Mairead Philpott showed off her 80 trainers at a barbecue
Philpott told fundraisers to sell teddy bears left outside family home

By
Andy Dolan and Paul Bentley

PUBLISHED:

22:45 GMT, 2 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:58 GMT, 3 April 2013


Mick and Mairead Philpott wanted to 'get rich quick' off the back of their six children's deaths

Mick and Mairead Philpott wanted to 'get rich quick' off the back of their six children's deaths

Within hours of the fatal fire, the behaviour of Mick and Mairead Philpott was already arousing the suspicions of the police.

The couple were keen to ‘get rich quick’ off the back of the children’s deaths, receiving at least 3,100 directly in cash gifts which they used to buy new sportswear and to get drunk at parties.

The pattern of inappropriate behaviour in the aftermath of the blaze also saw Philpott:

■ Fake a collapse and joke around in a hospital mortuary

■ Sing the 1975 Elvis Presley songs Suspicious Minds and My Boy on a pub karaoke machine and proposition a female police officer during a ‘jovial’ visit to a hospital when he called his children ‘little sh***’

■ Appear at a barbecue where his drunken wife showed off a new pair of 80 pink trainers.

■ Become ‘fixated’ with creaming off the remainder of a fund to cover the children’s funeral costs and convert it into Argos vouchers.

■ Tell fundraisers to collect and sell teddy bears which had been left outside the burned family home, ordering one wellwisher: ‘Shut up and just get on with it.’

■ Play the entire second half of a charity football match staged to raise funds for the family.

Prosecutors wanted to tell jurors
about Philpott’s private thirst to ‘spend’ the cash or ‘get rich quick’
from it, arguing he had been presenting a ‘very different public
face’. But the evidence was ruled inadmissible.

Detectives
started to take a firm interest as soon as they began receiving witness
statements which cast doubt on Philpott’s claim to have made repeated
attempts to reach his children.

While some heroic and soot-covered neighbours needed medical attention
following their attempts to reach the six trapped children, Philpott
appeared ‘spotlessly clean’.

A shrine to the six dead children. Philpott tried to auction teddy bears left in memory of his children

A shrine to the six dead children. Philpott tried to auction teddy bears left in memory of his children

Philpott called his children 'little sh***' during a 'jovial' visit to hospital

Philpott called his children 'little sh***' during a 'jovial' visit to hospital

He
was spotted wandering off from his 32-year-old wife and other relatives
at the Royal Derby Hospital for a 30-minute discussion with his friend
Paul Mosley.

He even had to
be persuaded by police to travel with his dying stepson Duwayne, 13,
when it was decided to transfer the teenager to Birmingham Children’s
Hospital.

He died there three days later. Duwayne’s
godmother Jeannie Donnan said that in the hospital canteen ‘they would
all sit quiet and then all of a sudden they’d all start a food fight and
I was like, how can you have a food fight You have just lost six kids …
I was just sitting there thinking “no, this is not right”.’

By the time of a press conference five days after the blaze, he and his wife were already under deep suspicion.

Philpott
called the conference himself, ostensibly to thank the emergency
services for their efforts to save his children. He appeared to be
revelling in the ‘celebrity’ of being the father of six dead youngsters.

Philpott appeared to revel in the 'celebrity' of being the father of six dead youngsters

Philpott appeared to revel in the 'celebrity' of being the father of six dead youngsters and dabbed away non-existent tears at a press conference

Steve Cotterill, Derbyshire Assistant Chief Constable, compared Philpott’s demeanour to that of an ‘excited child’. Far from seeming nervous, Philpott chatted about his love of karaoke and singing Elvis songs.

He dabbed imaginary tears from his eyes during the brief conference, then performed a fake collapse in a corridor seconds after being ushered off stage.

His wife said nothing throughout the event.

Just 24 hours earlier, the couple made their first of three ‘circus-like’ visits to the mortuary, in which Philpott called his six dead children ‘little sh***’, indulged in one-sided ‘horseplay’ with a police officer and asked for gin when he was offered water.