Paul Mosley 'bragged about rehearsing house fire weeks beforehand'
PAUL Mosley bragged to his nephew's partner how he, Mick Philpott and Philpott's wife rehearsed the fire six weeks before it happened, a court heard.
Melissa John said Mosley told her he was to "kick in the back door and rescue the children" while the Philpotts were raising the alarm out the front of the house.
Miss John said Mosley would "brag to anyone and everyone" about how he was on bail for six counts of murder after his first arrest in June.
She explained how she had been the girlfriend of Mosley's nephew, Michael Mosley, for more than four years and had two young children.
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At the time of the fire, they lived in Cecil Street, Derby, but had since moved out and Mosley originally took on the tenancy until his second arrest and charge in November last year.
She told Nottingham Crown Court how Mosley was first arrested in June but released on bail.
By then, he had been kicked out of the house where he lived with his partner, in Newdigate Street, Derby, and became a regular visitor to Miss John and Mr Mosley.
She said: "He first came to the house after he was released on bail in June or July. He started bragging."
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, said: "Bragging about what?"
Miss John said: "About being on bail for the murder of the six kids.
"He said that he knew quite a lot and that it was a plan and something had gone wrong.
"He told me he knew a lot more than he was letting on to the police. I asked him if Mick and Mairead were capable of starting the fire and he said if they were then it was a plan that had gone wrong."
Mr Latham said: "Was he prepared to tell you what that plan was and if he knew about it?"
Miss John said: "No, he said he was going to wait for the charges to be dropped and then go public with it.
"I just gave him the benefit of the doubt."
Miss John said that, in September, Mosley came to stay with her and his nephew in Cecil Street and stayed for more than two weeks.
She said by then Mosley had told her he had been "discharged" from the six counts of murder and that he was "over the moon" about the news.
Miss John said: "Paul started to brag to anyone and everyone about it. He told the neighbours, a taxi driver, my best friend who lived next door, that he was the person who had been arrested for murder but that the charges had been dropped."
Miss John told the jury that, one night in September last year, she was sitting at her kitchen table talking to Mosley. She said her partner was out and her children were asleep upstairs.
She said: "I asked him again if Mick and Mairead were capable of starting the fire and again he said to me that if they were it was a plan that had gone wrong.
"He started to say something, he said 'what if I told you?' then he stopped.
"He went from being smug and relaxed to showing nervous body language, he just went pale in his face.
"I told him to go on and that he could trust me.
"He said 'what if I told you that we rehearsed this six weeks before?'
"He said Mick and Mairead were supposed to be in the house and Paul was to kick the door in.
"They (the Philpotts) were going to go out in the street and start screaming for help and Paul was supposed to save the children from the fire'. He said Mairead was to take the blame but that the rehearsal did not go to plan."
Mr Latham asked: "Did he tell you what the rehearsal involved?"
Miss John said: "No."
She told the court, following this conversation with Mosley, she felt uncomfortable with what he was telling her.
"When he told me I felt scared inside," she said.
"When he was rearrested and then charged I told my partner and my mum about the conversation I'd had with Paul and then told a friend. Having had that conversation, I then went to the police."
In cross-examination, Ben Nolan QC, for Mosley, asked Miss John if she thought his client was "a fantasist".
Mr Nolan said: "Did he (Mosley) want to tell you things other people did not know? That he had secrets to tell, that he was going to sue the police?"
Miss John said: "Yes."
Mr Latham asked Miss John if she saw "a different Paul Mosley" when he was "bragging to her" to the one that told about the rehearsal around the kitchen table.
She said: "Yes. At the time Paul was telling me things about the fire, I felt sick, I did not want to hear any more."
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