Guilty! Mick and Mairead Philpott convicted of killing their six children in house fire in botched plan to frame his former mistress


'They never stood a chance': Sickening images of the blackened home where six Philpott children died as their father, mother and a family friend are found guilty of killing them in botched arson plotPetrol-fuelled blaze broke out in the hallway of the home in May last yearPhilpotts hatched plan to set up mother of five of Mick's children, Lisa Willis, hours before custody battleMick Philpott shared house with wife, Ms Willis and 11 kids he had with both womenBlaze killed Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jessie and Jayden, aged between five and 13After verdicts, Mick Philpott makes the sign of a cross and says: 'It's not over yet'His sister, Dawn Bestwick, says 'justice has been served'CPS: 'This has been a challenging and harrowing case to prosecute'Philpott 'just wanted house full of kids and benefit money that brings'All three defendants will be sentenced at 10.30am tomorrow

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'Our presence in court was to find out the truth. Following today's verdict, we the family of Michael Philpott, believe justice has been served.'

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Philpott pictured with the six children, aged between five and 13, who perished in the house fire

Philpott pictured with the six children, aged between five and 13, who perished in the house fire

Destroyed: The children perished when the fire tore through their home (above) in Derby, last May

Destroyed: The children perished when the fire tore through their home (above) in Derby, last May

Plot: A Crown Prosecution Service photo showing the ladder which he placed at the back of the house as part of his plan to rescue his children after starting the fire

The fire-scorched window of the house

Plot: A Crown Prosecution Service photo showing the ladder (left) which Philpott placed at the back of the house as part of his plan to rescue his children after starting the fire

Derbyshire Chief Constable Steve
Cotterill said: 'This has to be one of, if not the most upsetting cases
any of us has ever investigated.

'This
is a shocking case for everyone involved. Six young children lost their
lives needlessly in a fire and all our efforts have been focused on
getting justice for those children.'

Samantha Shallow, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: 'Today's verdict shows that the children died as a result of the actions of Michael and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley when they set the fire.

'It was started as a result of a plan between the three of them to turn family court proceedings in Mr Philpott's favour. It was a plan that went disastrously and tragically wrong.

'This has been a challenging and harrowing case to prosecute.'

As the verdicts came through,
shocking images were released for the first time showing the charred and
gutted inside of the property.

Fire
investigators said temperatures in the upstairs bedrooms of 18 Victory
Road in Allenton, Derby, would have reached more than 500C (932F) during
the blaze and that anyone in those rooms did not stand a chance of
survival.

Thick, black
smoke would have quickly filled each of the rooms from floor to ceiling,
rendering Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers Duwayne, 13, John, nine,
Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, unconscious in minutes.

Police react to Philpott guilty verdict

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Scorched: The charred landing reveals just how fierce the fire was when it ripped through the house

Scorched: The charred landing reveals just how fierce the fire was when it ripped through the house

Ravaged: The petrol-fuelled blaze broke out in the hallway of the home where Philpott lived with wife Mairead, 31, and their own six children - all of whom perished as they slept

Ravaged: The petrol-fuelled blaze broke out in the hallway of the home where Philpott lived with wife Mairead, 31, and their own six children – all of whom perished as they slept

Doomed: Firefighters said the children would not have been able to survive the intense heat and thick smoke

Doomed: Firefighters said the children would not have been able to survive the intense heat and thick smoke

AUDIO: 999 call from Philpotts to emergency services

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From the moment the fire was set in
the hallway in the early hours of May 11, the flames would have surged
up the uPVC front door, melting the plastic, and quickly progressed up
the staircase with the help of varnished wood panelling.

All the upstairs doors were open
during the blaze, allowing the smoke to quickly flood the three bedrooms
in which the youngsters slept.

During the trial, prosecutor Richard
Latham QC said Philpott 'just wanted a house full of kids and the
benefit money that brings' and tried to set up his former lover Lisa
Wills in a bid to win custody of their children.

The
petrol-fuelled blaze broke out in the hallway of the home where
Philpott lived with wife Mairead, 31, and their own six children – all
of whom perished as they slept.

Philpott had six children with
Mairead, 31, and four with girlfriend Ms Willis, 29, as well as seven
others from three previous relationships.

The
court heard that until three months before the blaze last May, ‘highly
controlling’ Philpott shared his cramped three-bedroom semi-detached
home with his wife, mistress and all 11 children he had with both women.

No hope: Thick, black smoke would have quickly filled each of the rooms from floor to ceiling, rendering the six children unconscious in minutes, firefighters said

No hope: Thick, black smoke would have quickly filled each of the rooms from floor to ceiling, rendering the six children unconscious in minutes, firefighters said

Young lives destroyed: The six coffins carrying the Philpotts's children are carried into St Mary's Roman Catholic Church for their funeral last year

Young lives destroyed: The six coffins carrying the Philpotts's children are carried into St Mary's Roman Catholic Church for their funeral last year

Community in shock: Floral tributes adorn the pavement outside the house Philpott shared with Mairead in Allenton, Derby, after the fire on May 14 last year

Community in shock: Floral tributes adorn the pavement outside the house Philpott shared with Mairead in Allenton, Derby, after the fire on May 14 last year

The court heard that in the days after the fire, Mosley visited the couple while they were being housed in a hotel by police.

The room had been bugged by police
and Philpott watched as his wife performed a sex act on Mosley.
Afterwards he praised his wife after acknowledging that she did not want
to perform the act.

Mr Latham told the jury they ‘may conclude’ the sexual favour was carried out to keep Mosley ‘onside’.

The court heard Philpott controlled
all aspects of the family finances, with all benefit money paid towards
the children’s upkeep along with the two women’s meagre part-time income
paid straight into his account – the same arrangement he had instigated
with both his first wife and another woman he then left her for.

Accomplice: Paul Mosley (centre), pictured visiting the scene of the fire, was found guilty of six counts of manslaughter

Accomplice: Paul Mosley (centre), pictured visiting the scene of the fire, was found guilty of six counts of manslaughter

Mr Latham said it was only after Miss
Willis left and was rehoused by the local authority that she discovered
she had been entitled to more than 1,000 a month in benefits to help
look after the children.

As a harrowing 999 call made by the
Philpotts from the garden of their Derby home was played to the court,
Philpott shouted ‘I can’t listen to it’ and attempted to leave the dock,
but was subdued by security staff.

Towards the end of the call, his
wife, who dabbed tears from her eyes in the dock, could be heard wailing
uncontrollably in the background of the call.

The court heard that after tiring of Philpott’s ‘domineering’ behaviour, Miss Willis decided to leave him.

Exactly three months before the
blaze, she walked out without warning, taking the children first to her
sister’s home, then into a women’s refuge before she was eventually
rehoused by the local authority.

The
couple became involved in a bitter row over the residency of the
children, with Philpott telling friends Miss Willis had made threats
against his home and children, something he would ‘use in court to get
his children back’.

Mr
Latham said Philpott was deeply troubled by her leaving, to the point
that he had become depressed and even tried to take his own life.

He
steadily became 'obsessed with getting Lisa and the kids back' and part
of his distress was because of the simple fact that Miss Willis had
left him.

Denied charges: A drawing of Philpott breaking down in the witness box as he gives evidence during the trial

Denied charges: A drawing of Philpott breaking down in the witness box as he gives evidence during the trial

Denial: Mairead Philpott tells jurors she didn't know who had started the fire because she was asleep

Denial: Mairead Philpott tells jurors she didn't know who had started the fire because she was asleep

In the dock: Mick Philpott (second from left) and wife Mairead (second from right) appear at Nottingham Crown Court along with co-defendant Paul Mosley (right) ahead of their trial

In the dock: Mick Philpott (second from left) and wife Mairead (second from right) appear at Nottingham Crown Court along with co-defendant Paul Mosley (right) ahead of their trial

Facing justice: A prison van carrying Michael and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley at Nottingham Crown Court today for the start of the trial in February

Facing justice: A prison van carrying Michael and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley at Nottingham Crown Court today for the start of the trial in February

The court heard how neighbours tried to rescue the children from the burning house but were beaten back by the smoke and flames.

When
the bodies of the children were carried out of the house by police,
Philpott ran forward and had to be restrained, Mr Latham said.

'It must have been quite clear the plan had gone horribly wrong.'

Philpott was heard telling people Miss Willis threatened to kill them or to set fire to the house.

'She was being set up as the culprit,' Mr Latham said.

Philpott told neighbours the children were in the back bedroom of the house.

'Is this where they were expected to be as part of the plan to rescue them,' Mr Latham said.

Emotional: The Philpotts break down in tears at a press conference shortly after the fire while appealing for people to come forward with information about the blaze

Emotional: The Philpotts break down in tears at a press conference shortly after the fire while appealing for people to come forward with information about the blaze

Co-conspirators: Mick and Mairead Philpott on their wedding day in May 2003

Co-conspirators: Mick and Mairead Philpott on their wedding day in May 2003

Philpott
told police he was playing snooker with Mosley before the fire broke
out. He said Mosley left before 2am and Michael and Mairead fell asleep
watching a film, but they were woken by a smoke alarm and he discovered a
large fire in the hall.

He called 999 and handed the phone to his wife before climbing a ladder in the back garden and smashing a hole in the back window. He said the black smoke beat him back.

Police reported his behaviour following the fire as 'unusual', the court heard.

One constable said Philpott showed 'no emotion' and acted as if at a social event.

At the hospital, onlookers described him as looking 'spotlessly clean' for someone who had been in a house fire, Mr Latham said.

The Philpotts and Mosley, a fork-lift truck driver and also from Derby, each denied six counts of manslaughter.

Sobbing. Mick and Mairead Philpott hold a press conference on May…

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Mick Philpott defends his lifestyle on Jeremy Kyle

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