Claims Mick Philpott smashed door into Lisa Willis's face when she returned to house
LISA Willis took three people with her to 18 Victory Road when she went to collect her belongings because she feared Mick Philpott could get violent, a court heard.
Gillian Cooper, who was one of those who accompanied her, said when she and Ms Willis knocked on the front door Philpott answered it before "smashing it" in their faces.
Giving evidence, yesterday afternoon, Mrs Cooper said she and her husband had been asked to accompany Ms Willis to the house by her friends, Amanda and Ian Cousins, Ms Willis' sister and brother-in-law.
Mrs Cooper told the court she travelled to Victory Road in her car with Ms Willis, Mr Cousins and her husband.
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Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, said to Mrs Cooper: "Is there any particular reason why you went in the car with Ms Willis?"
Mrs Cooper said: "They thought he (Philpott) might get violent.
"My husband and Ian got out of the car down the road just observing and I went with Lisa and knocked on the door."
"Mick Philpott came to the door then smashed the door in our faces. He just saw Lisa and slammed it.
"I can't remember exactly what he said, but he was swearing."
Mrs Cooper said some of the children then came out of the house and embraced Ms Willis before the police arrived and escorted Ms Willis inside the property.
Mr Latham said: "Did there come a point where they came out with some bin bags (of clothes for Ms Willis and her children)?"
Mrs Cooper said: "Yes, Mick Philpott came up to the car window, I was sat inside the car.
"He apologised to me and said he had shouted and slammed the door because he was frustrated."
Mr Latham said: "At the time how did you feel about his behaviour?"
Mrs Cooper said: "I was very upset."
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