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Derby fire deaths: Mick Philpott "paranoid" about child custody

  • 2-25-2013

A father accused of killing six of his children in a house fire was "paranoid" about losing five other children in a custody battle, a court has heard.

Mick Philpott was afraid he would not be able to see the five after a hearing scheduled for the day the six died, a friend and neighbour told jurors.

Adam Taylor told Nottingham Crown Court Mr Philpott was not confident about the outcome of the legal hearing.

Mr Philpott, his wife Mairead and Paul Mosley have denied manslaughter.

Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died at their home.

Their brother Duwayne, 13, died three days later.

Mr Philpott, 56, was in a custody battle with his former mistress Lisa Willis, 29, after she left the home she shared with him and his wife, taking her five children with her.

The jury heard he was father to four of Miss Willis's children. He had another six with Mairead, 31.

It is alleged by prosecutors that the fire was the result of a botched plan by the defendants to frame Miss Willis.

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