legally this crime is manslaughter, as it appears that
Philpott did not intend to murder his children.
in a 3 bedroom council house in Victory Road, Derby with his
wife, Mairead, and their 6 children as well as his mistress
Lisa Wills, and her 5 children. All was happy for 10
years, with both women accepting each other.
Paul Mosley had
been a family friend for over 15 years, he had a sexual
relationship with Mairead Philpott.
After 10 years sharing the house, Ms Wills left, taking her
five children, four of whom were fathered by Philpott.
revenge, a plan was hatched to frame her for arson.
May 2012, In the early hours of the morning Philpott,
Mairead, and friend Paul Mosley, poured petrol
into the hallway of the family home.
The plan was
that Philpott would then break in through the backdoor and
become a hero by rescuing the children.
2012, Mick and Mairead Philpott are arrested for murder,
but released on bail.
forensic examinations petrol was discovered on Mick
2012, Paul Mosley is arrested and charged with murdering
December 2012, Appearing by video-link from prison the
Philpott's are told that the murder charge had been dropped
and that they would instead be facing manslaughter charges.
All 3 are
charged with 6 counts of manslaughter, they deny the
Trial opens at Birmingham Crown Court in
front of judge, Mrs Justice Kate Thirlwall the 3 accused
deny manslaughter of 6 children.
At Birmingham Crown Court, All
three are found guilty of manslaughter. The jury returned a
unanimous decisions on Mosley and Philpott, Mairead Philpott
was convicted by a majority decision.
Sentencing at Nottingham Crown
Court, the Judge, Mrs Justice Kate Thirlwall, said,
"You are a disturbingly dangerous man. Your guiding
principle is what Mick Philpott wants, Mick Philpott gets.
You have no moral compass," He was given a life sentence
with a minimum term of 15 years.