Philpott trial day 12: Philpott "laughing and joking" about night of the fire, court hears
The ongoing trial of parents Mick and Mairead Philpott and friend Paul Mosley, who are accused of killing six children in a house fire, continues today.
The Philpotts and Mosley all deny the manslaughter of the Philpotts' children who died after fire engulfed their home in Victory Road, Derby, last May.
Day 12 of the trial at Nottingham Crown Court
3.30pm: The trial is adjourned until 10.30am tomorrow.
3pm: Paul Mosley's cousin, Steve Owen, is the next witness.
He told the court that Mosley said to him he "never did anything" in relation to the children's deaths but that he "knew more about the fire than the police did".
Mr Owen also said Mosley had told him he had been there when the fire started but had left, and had then gone back again.
The court heard that Mosley asked Mr Owen to take him out of Derby and said he would pay him £10,000. Mr Owen said Mosley told him he had the money because he had sold his story to a national newspaper.
2.35pm: The next witness is Thomas Hannafin, who was at Gala Bingo with Ms Armstrong.
He said he overheard Paul Mosley say to someone: "I might go and turn myself in because I can't let Mick take all the blame."
2.15pm: The trial has resumed after lunch. Next to take the stand is Helen Armstrong.
The court heard that Ms Armstrong went to Gala Bingo in Sinfin Lane one evening last June when Paul Mosley was there. She said she overheard him say: "I think I'd better hand myself in."
Under cross-examination, she conceded that it was "quite noisy" in the smoking area where she overheard Mosley.
12.55pm: The next witness is Mary Donnan who was at Royal Derby Hospital on the morning of the fire.
She said: "I saw Shaky (Paul Mosley) arrive. He went straight over to Mick. They went around the corner, just Mick and Shaky."
12.10pm: The next witness to take the stand is Claire Smith, who grew up in Marlborough Road, Allenton, next door to Mairead's family.
Ms Smith was at the hospital after the fire. She told the court: "Mairead was shouting, 'my babies'."
She said she went to buy some cigarettes and when she came back, Paul Mosley was there. She said: "He looks like Mick. I thought it was Mick's brother.
"Him and Mick went down the side of the hospital for around half an hour. He had just lost five children and another was in the hospital. I thought, 'that's a bit strange. Why would you go and talk to a mate for half an hour?'"
12pm: The first witness is PC Joanne Halford who got to Victory Road after the fire, logging the names of people who were going to and from the scene.
A week after the fire - on May 18 - she was guarding a prisoner at Royal Derby Hospital. She was outside and saw Philpott with Brian Mosley. She said Philpott told her he knew who had started the fire. She said: "He said he had been thinking about it and it was obvious it was (his neighbour) Adam Taylor as he had borrowed his strimmer before the fire and not returned the petrol can."
She told the court Philpott was "laughing and joking" about the night of the fire. She said: "He said when he was trying to rescue the children, he took the chance to hit out at two police officers."
PC Halford said when Brian Mosley and Philpott approached her outside the hospital, Mr Mosley said to her: "Don't you know who this is? It is Mick Philpott, father of the six dead children." She told the court: "It was like a badge of honour."
Mick Philpott is in court today dressed in a black suit, a white shirt and a pink tie. His wife, Mairead, is in a black jumper. Paul Mosley is wearing a black jumper and and coat.
Yesterday the trial heard that a hospital mortuary manager said the behaviour of Mick Philpott in his four visits to see his dead children was "nothing she had ever experienced before".
Marie Smith, manager of the mortuary at the Royal Derby Hospital, said that on his first visit to see the children Philpott pretended to faint.
On another occasion, when he was offered water, he asked if she could put gin in it.
Ms Smith said a subsequent visit by Philpott and a large group of people was "like a circus".
And she said Philpott used a swear word when talking about the children, as a "term of endearment".
She said, of Philpott's faint, he was lying in the recovery position when she went into the viewing room, then apparently woke up when she mentioned getting a doctor.
She said "having seen many friends and relatives faint for whatever reason" it looked "very unlikely" that it was a genuine faint.
The trial continues.
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