Mick Philpott and Mairead Philpott: Wife and mistress "took it in turns" to sleep with father accused of starting fire that killed six…


Wife and mistress 'took it in turns' to sleep with father accused of starting fire that killed six children… and his lover was a bridesmaid at defendants' wedding
Mairead Philpott and Lisa Willis slept with Mick Philpott on alternate nights
Court heard of arrangement during the married couple's manslaughter trialWillis, 29, told the court: 'We never had all three of us together'Former mistress said she was a bridesmaid when the Philpotts got marriedPhilpotts accused of starting fire at semi-detached Derby home
The married couple and a third defendant deny six separate counts of manslaughter

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Jade Philpott, 10

Jayden Philpott, 5

Jayden Philpott, 5

John Philpott, 9

John Philpott, 9

Jack Philpott, 8

Jack Philpott, 8

Jesse Philpott, 6

Jesse Philpott, 6

Duwayne Philpott, 13

Duwayne Philpott, 13

She said that when
the children approached him for help with homework or to read to them,
he would tell them to speak to the two women because he was ‘trying to
watch telly’.

Miss Willis
later agreed with a suggestion from Anthony Orchard QC, defending
Philpott, that ‘personal hygiene was not a high priority’ for the
father.

She added: ‘He never
changed his clothes’, but agreed that Philpott was a ‘good father’, who
was never violent towards the children.

She
admitted a court affidavit she had signed as part of the custody battle
wrongly stated that Philpott was violent towards her on a ‘weekly
basis’.

During
cross-examination, Miss Willis, a former waitress and cleaner, also
admitted that during the first two years of her relationship with
Philpott, she two-timed her lover with his own grown-up son from a
previous relationship.

Hearing: Miss Willis told the court the woman who would be sleeping with Philpott on any given night went to a caravan with him, while the other woman slept inside with the children

Hearing: Miss Willis told the court the woman who would be sleeping with Philpott on any given night went to a caravan with him, while the other woman slept inside with the children

The
court heard Miss Willis, an orphan, was introduced to Philpott in
October 2001 by her older sister, Amanda Cousins, who used to babysit
for him.

Miss Willis lived with Mrs Cousins from the age of 12, when their mother died, to 16, when she gave birth to a neighbour’s baby.

In
2002, Philpott invited Miss Willis, then 17, to move in to the house he
shared with Mairead and their two young children, because she wanted a
bigger property than her two-bedroom council house.

The
couple, together with forklift driver Mosley, all of Derby, are each
charged with the manslaughter of the Philpotts’ children – Duwayne, 13,
Jade, ten, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five. All
three defendants deny the charges. The trial continues.

Floral tributes adorn the pavement outside the house following the fire

Floral tributes adorn the pavement outside the house following the fire