Defence: You said Mairead was stoned on cannabis ... I put it to you that that's a lie. Witness: It isn't a lie.
MICK and Mairead Philpott went with a neighbour to buy cannabis only hours before a fire killed their six children, a court has been told.
Neighbour Adam Taylor and his partner, Vicky Ferguson, said Mick Philpott had asked him to buy them the drug.
Giving evidence on day 10 of the trial, Mr Taylor, who lives four doors away from fire house 18 Victory Road, said he had gone to Philpott's house to borrow £10, at around 9pm.
He said when he arrived Philpott and co-accused Paul Mosley were playing snooker in the extension at the back of the house.
Mick and Mairead Philpott and Mosley are accused of the manslaughter of the children, Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six and Jayden, five.
The prosecution claims they started the fire to frame Philpott's former mistress, Lisa Willis, who moved out of 18 Victory Road three months before the fire.
Mr Taylor told the court: "Jade was watching Coronation Street and Duwayne was just roaming about.
"Shakey (Mosley) asked me to get him some weed (cannabis) and gave me £20.
"I rang up someone who I know had some and we went to Marlborough Road in Mick's van.
"We got back and Shakey rolled a couple of joints and I went home."
The court heard Mairead was in the van with Philpott.
Mr Taylor also told the court that shortly before she and her children left the house, Ms Willis had told him that Philpott suspected they were having an affair.
He said: "Lisa came round and told me and said that Mick told her to stay away from me.
"I went straight to Mick's and asked him outright. I said to him 'I hope you don't think I am doing anything with your women?' to which he said 'I trust my women'.
Mr Taylor, who has three young children with girlfriend Vicky Ferguson, admitted to the court that he was a former prisoner and heroin addict.
He said Philpott had asked him to try to help in his custody battle he had with Ms Willis over their children.
He told the jury: "I went round one time before the fire and I heard Mairead say 'Adam will do that'. I asked what it was and Mick told me he was going to Lisa's sister's house and get her husband, Ian (Cousins), to hit him.
"He said he wanted someone to film it so he could show the court. He said it would help his custody battle."
Ms Ferguson gave evidence after her partner at yesterday's hearing at Nottingham Crown Court. She explained that she had become friends with both Ms Willis and Mrs Philpott.
She said after her partner had gone to borrow the £10 from Philpott, hours before the fire, she received a text message from him asking if Mrs Philpott could come and talk to her about the following day's custody battle.
Miss Ferguson said: "Mairead was scared of Amanda (Cousins – Ms Willis' sister) because of some threat that she told me about on a text message.
"When Mairead got to my house that night she was stoned."
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, asked her: "Was that normal for her?"
Miss Ferguson said: "No, I know she smoked weed but not very often.
"I asked her what was up and she said to me that she'd had a smoke. She wasn't with me long before Adam came back."
Shaun Smith QC, defence barrister for Mrs Philpott, challenged Miss Ferguson's version of events.
"You said Mairead was stoned on cannabis," he said.
"She was stoned," Miss Ferguson replied.
Mr Smith said: "I put it to you that that's a lie."
Miss Ferguson said: "It isn't a lie."
Mr Smith said: "You made your statement to the police after the fire. I put it to you that you knew Adam and Mr and Mrs Philpott had been to get some cannabis on that trip and this is something you have put together since then."
Miss Ferguson said "No, it is not."
Mr Taylor said he also went to 18 Victory Road a few days after Ms Willis had walked out, when Mrs Philpott had attempted suicide.
He said: "Mick had asked me if I would read her (suicide) note with him but then someone came into the room."
He added: "Mick told me that in it she said something along the lines of she had done it to make him happy, knowing he could have the 11 kids and Lisa and be happy."