Mick Philpot

DOB10 May 1952
Kill Total6
Kill PlaceDerby
Kill Date11 May 2012
VictimJayden - 5
Jade - 10
John - 9
Jack - 8
Jesse - 6
Duwayne - 13
CourtNottingham Crown Court
JudgeMrs Justice Kate Thirlwal
ProsceutionRichard Brunton Latham QC
DefencePhilpott - Anthony Orchard QC
Mairead - Shaun Malden Smith QC
Mosley - Benjamin Nolan QC
Case No:T20127295
Technically, and legally this crime is manslaughter, as it appears that Philpott did not intend to murder his children.

Philpott lived 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.

30th November 2011, Philpott was involved in a 'road-Rage' incident.
He was released on bail for an offence of common assault/ assault by beating, he pleaded guilty to this offence.

February 2012, After 10 years sharing the house, Ms Wills left, taking her five children, four of whom were fathered by Philpott.
Philpott wanted revenge, a plan was hatched to frame her for arson.

Friday 11th 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.

20th July 2012, Mick and Mairead Philpott were arrested for murder, but released on bail. During police forensic examinations petrol was discovered on Mick Philpott's clothes.

6th November 2012, Paul Mosley was arrested and charged with murdering 6 children.

Monday 17th December 2012, Appearing by video-link from prison the Philpott's were told that the murder charge had been dropped and that they would instead be facing manslaughter charges.
All 3 were charged with 6 counts of manslaughter, they denied the charges.

February 2013, The trial opened at Birmingham Crown Court in front of judge, Mrs Justice Kate Thirlwall the 3 accused denied manslaughter of the 6 children.

Tuesday 2nd April 2013, At Birmingham Crown Court, All three were found guilty of manslaughter. The jury returned a unanimous decisions on Mosley and Philpott, Mairead Philpott was convicted by a majority decision.

Thursday 4th April 2013, 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.
Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were each sentenced to seventeen years (of which they will serve at least half before any released on licence).

29 November 2013, an appeal by Mairead against the length of her sentence (not the verdict) was heard. The grounds of the appeal was that Mairead had been under the control of her husband and could not exercise free will in her conduct; the appeal was dismissed. 

It was revealed that Philpott has previous convictions from 1978 for the attempted murder of a previous girlfriend and the grievous bodily harm of her mother.

Altogether Philpot fathered 15 children.

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