'Mick Philpott told me to watch my back' claims sister of his ex-mistress
THE sister of Mick Philpott's former mistress, Lisa Willis, has told a court he threatened to "get her turned over" and told her to "watch her back" during a confrontation in a Derby street.
Amanda Cousins said threats were also made to Philpott during the stand-off, which happened in the street where she lived in the city.
She said Ms Willis had walked out on Philpott, taking the children with her and had first lived with her and her then husband, Ian Cousins.
The name of the street was not read out in court but Mrs Cousins said it took place in March last year, a month after Ms Willis had left 18 Victory Road.
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Mrs Cousins told the court: "We were in the living room and four of Lisa's five kids were playing outside.
"We heard one of them say 'Dad's outside' and we all went outside where Mick's white van was parked up the street and he was with the four children.
"I asked Mick Philpott to leave and Lisa got the four children and went inside."
Mrs Cousins, whom the court was told used to live with Philpott and his former wife, Pamela Lomax, in Mansfield in the 1990s, said she called the police.
The court heard the 999 recording where she told the operator she wanted the police there because she believed Philpott was not allowed to see the children.
A second recording was also played in the court, a 999 call at the same time from Philpott, saying he too wanted the police to attend because he believed he was allowed to see his children.
Mrs Cousins said: "I was left outside with him. He told me to watch my back. He told me he was going to have me turned over.
"He blamed me and Ian for the breakdown (of his relationship with Ms Willis)."
Under cross-examination from Philpott's barrister, Anthony Orchard QC, Mrs Cousins admitted that she too shouted abuse at Philpott and his wife, who was in the van with their six children, who all died in the fire.
Mr Orchard said: "You said 'get away from the kids, you called him a paedophile, do you remember that?"
Mrs Cousins said: "I can't remember."
Mr Orchard said: "There had been an argument between him (Philpott) and Ian, they effectively invited each other out (for a fight)."
Mrs Cousins said: "Yes, it was all words."
Mr Orchard said: "There were threats being made to Mick by Ian along the lines of threatening to shoot or kill Mick."
Mrs Cousins said: "I don't remember that."
Mr Orchard said: "You dislike Michael Philpott intensely, don't you?"
Mrs Cousins said: "That's correct, I do."
The court was told how Ms Willis was brought up by Mrs Cousins from the age of 11, until she left home and became pregnant with her first child Jordan, of whom Philpott is not the father.
The two sisters were out of contact for 10 years, while Ms Willis was living as Philpott's mistress at 18 Victory Road.
They got back in contact in September 2011 when Ms Willis phoned Mrs Cousins and stayed the night at the house she shared with husband Ian.
Mrs Cousins told the court: "She was in Osmaston Park hiding in some bushes. She had walked out without the kids. She stayed the night but went back the following morning,"
After living with Mrs Cousins for five weeks, Ms Willis and her five children went to live in a women's refuge in Derby, called Rebecca House, before she got her own council house.