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Derby death blaze accused trio 'rehearsed fire'

  • 2-28-2013

Three people accused of killing six children in a fire "rehearsed" the act six weeks before, a court heard.

Witness Melissa John told Nottingham Crown Court she heard the plan was for Mr and Mrs Philpott to run into the road and shout for help.

She said co-accused Paul Mosley would then kick in the door at the house in Allenton, Derby to rescue the children.

Ms John said Mr Mosley had outlined the plan, which included Mrs Philpott taking the blame for the fire.

Earlier in the trial, the court heard the three had tried to frame Mr Philpott's former mistress Lisa Willis, 29, for the fire, in a row over custody of their five children.

Ms John is the girlfriend of Mr Mosley's nephew.

Mick Philpott, 56, wife Mairead, 31 and Paul Mosley, 46, deny six counts of manslaughter.

Five children died in a fire at the house in Victory Road. A sixth child died three days later.

Jade Philpott, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died in the fire. Their brother Duwayne, 13, died later in hospital.

The trial of Mr and Mrs Philpott, formerly of Victory Road, and Mr Mosley, of Cecil Street, Derby, continues.

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