Philpott trial day 5: Court hears of Mairead Philpott's abortion. She had sex with another man, as Philpott watched, jury told
Derby parents Mick and Mairead Philpott, along with family friend Paul Mosley, are on trial after pleading not guilty to six counts of manslaughter.
The case, which opened on Monday at Nottingham Crown Court, is today in its fifth day.
It follows a fire in Victory Road, Derby, last May in which the Philpott’s six children perished.
Day 5 of the trial
3.40pm The trial is adjourned for the day and will resume at 10.15am on Tuesday
3.20pm Mrs Cousins finishes her evidence.
3pm Mrs Cousins tells the court she denies making threats to kill or shoot Philpott during an altercation outside her home in March last year when he arrived there trying to see his children.
2.50pm The court is told that, a week after Ms Willis walked out on Philpott, Mrs Cousins texted Mairead saying: "If you ever treat my family like this again I will personally come down and rip your heads off."
2pm Amanda Cousins, the sister of Mick Philpott's former mistress Lisa Willis, is in the witness box. She is giving her evidence from behind screens.
Mrs Cousins said that when her sister came to live with her she was "a big mess".
Mrs Cousins said Philpott blamed her and her husband, Ian, for the breakdown of his relationship with Ms Willis.
She admits she "intensely dislikes" Mick Philpott.
12.50pm The case is adjourned for lunch.
12.45pm Miss Tyler, Mrs Philpott's work colleague, said Mairead Philpott had an abortion because it was believed the unborn baby was fathered by another man - and that Philpott watched her and that man have sex, the court heard.
12.30pm Miss Tyler told the court that a week after the fire she overheard Mick Philpott talking on his phone. She said: "Mick says `He's going to drop us in it, he's not got the story right'."
12.05pm The next witness is Claire Tyler, a former work colleague of Mairead's. They had known each other for seven years.
Miss Tyler told the court that Mrs Philpott "never had any of her own money".
She said Mrs Philpott took an overdose after Lisa Willis left. When she asked Mrs Philpott why, Mick Philpott answered for her saying she did it because "she loved those kids".
11.55am The next witness is PC Neil Smith who attended the same incident on February 14. PC Smith told the court that he went to 18 Victory Road on a number of occasions and found Mairead "waiting on Philpott hand and foot" and that he "did everything for him".
11.30am The court hears that as Philpott's former mistress, Lisa Willis, left the house with some children's clothes, he said to PC Loretta: "I still love her and she can't say she does not love me because she does."
11.15am PC Gareth Loretta, of Cotton Lane police station, takes the stand. He was called to 18 Victory Road on February 14 last year - just weeks before the fatal fire - following a call about a domestic incident.
Ms Willis, had gone to the house to collect some clothes for her children. Inside the house Philpott told the police that he had been "far more interested in Lisa and he was sorry he had neglected Mairead".
11.10am Mick Philpott enters the courtroom wearing a black suit, white shirt and pink tie; Mairead Philpott is in a black cardigan and Mosley is in a black jumper and grey trousers.
Yesterday, the court heard that Mick Philpott attacked an ex-girlfriend when he did not get his own way.
Heather Kehoe claimed Philpott also got their own son to punch her in the face and kick her following an argument.
She said: "Dominant is the right word to describe him."
Ms Kehoe also claimed that Philpott pinned her down on the floor while she was pregnant and she also questioned how well he looked after their children while she was forced to work and he was at home.
The couple lived together at the Derby Homes house at 18 Victory Road, Allenton, where six of Philpott's children died after a fire in May last year. Philpott, his wife, Mairead, and friend, Paul Mosley, are accused of causing the children's deaths.
On the fourth day of the trial, Ms Kehoe explained how she met Philpott when she was 14 and he was aged 37, at a fishing lake near her home in Rainworth, Notts.
She said that within a year they had started a sexual relationship and were at one time caught in the bedroom of the home he shared with his then wife, Pamela Lomax.
The incident, in 1996, saw him leave their home and take Ms Kehoe with him back to Derby.
By now she was 16 and had gone with Philpott against the wishes of her parents.
By September of that year, Ms Kehoe had fallen pregnant with their first child together, whom they named Mikey.
Miss Kehoe said: "I felt very homesick. I told him I wanted to go home and he just flipped. He told me it wasn't happening. He put the fear of God into me. I felt I did not have any options (but to stay)."
Asked by Richard Latham QC, the prosecuting barrister, how her relationship was with Philpott, she said it was "like a whirlwind".
Miss Kehoe said: "Mick was a Jekyll and Hyde character. He knew what to say to me to make me feel special."
Mr Latham said: "What about when he was angry?"
Miss Kehoe said: "He would hit me or lash out. He had to have everything his own way.
"I soon learned what his own way was, he would lash out."
Mr Latham asked about the two children they had together, Mikey and Aiden.
She referred to Mikey as a "daddy's boy" and said Philpott was disappointed when Aiden was born a boy rather than the girl he wanted.
She said: "I was not getting pregnant, which didn't please him. He said I was not a real woman as I could not give him the children he wanted. He said I wasn't half the woman Pam was."
Asked how many children she understood he wanted, she said: "Eleven was the number."
She said there was a joke about that figure. "It was something about a football team or reserves," she said.
By now, the court heard, Philpott and Ms Kehoe had moved to 18 Victory Road with their two children, friend Brian Mosley and his partner.
She said during one argument he threatened to lock her out in the back garden, which, she told the court, was a punishment Philpott had given her before.
She said: "He called Mikey over and told him to punch me in the face and kick me."
In court at this point, Ms Kehoe started to cry while Philpott, sitting in the dock, shook his head.
Mr Latham said: "Did Mikey do that?" to which she replied: "He did".
Ms Kehoe said she was sent back out to work, as a cleaner at East Midlands Airport, just a month after Mikey was born, while Philpott stayed at home with the children.
She told the court prior to moving to Derby she had a savings account which contained about £1,500, which Philpott spent.
She also claimed Philpott would get her wages, first from her job at the airport and then later from S&A Foods, in Normanton, paid into his bank account.
Miss Kehoe talked about when she first met Philpott.
She said: "He was very outgoing, he spoke to everybody. He made a fuss to everybody and came across as quite charming and amusing."
But she added: "There was a fear there that you did not want to upset him. Dominant is the right word to describe him."
Mr Latham asked Ms Kehoe how long after knowing Philpott they began a sexual relationship to which she replied "in the first year".
Ms Kehoe told the court one time she and Philpott had been having sex upstairs at the house he shared with his then wife when she caught them in bed together.
Miss Kehoe said: "There was quite a row. Mick pushed me out the back door and told me to wait there. He came out after a while, he told me that she had kicked him out."
In evidence, Ms Kehoe spoke of the "horrid" custody battle she had over Mikey and Aiden, which she won.
She said: "It was all a nightmare from start to finish."
In cross-examination, Anthony Orchard QC, Philpott's barrister, said: "You have had a long time to build up a lot of resentment against Michael Philpott haven't you? This is your opportunity to vent your anger at him."
She replied: "No, this is an opportunity for justice."
Under re-examination, Mr Latham asked Miss Kehoe what Philpott would do if he did not get his way.
She said: "He would be abusive, be it mental or physical.
"It's certainly not about revenge, it's about people knowing what sort of person he was."
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