Paul Mosley 'offered me £10,000 to get him out of city', witness tells Philpott trial
PAUL Mosley's cousin said Mosley told him he had been there when the fire which killed six children at 18 Victory Road, Allenton, was started.
Steve Owen told the fire-trial jury Mosley had also offered him £10,000 – money he said he had got from selling his story to a national newspaper – to get him out of Derby, while he was on police bail.
Mr Owen said Mosley, 45, told him he had nothing to do with the children's deaths but knew more than the police and had been there when the fire was started.
Other witnesses told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that, before Mosley was arrested, they had overheard him say that he thought he should "hand himself in".
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Mosley, of Cecil Street, Derby, is jointly accused of the manslaughter of Mick and Mairead Philpott's six children, along with the Philpotts, in May. All deny the charges.
Yesterday, Mr Owen told the jury he had not seen Mosley for years when he saw him in Brighton Road, Alvaston, in September last year.
He said Mosley had tapped him on the shoulder and he had turned around and grabbed Mosley by the scruff of the neck. He said he did this because he had heard Mosley had stolen his (Mr Owen's) mother's wedding ring, which was a family heirloom, while "she lay on her death bed" in Derbyshire Royal infirmary in 2000.
Mr Owen said Mosley denied this – "swearing on his children's lives". The cousin told the court he then asked Mosley why he had been questioned by police about the Philpott children's deaths.
Mr Owen said: "He said he never did anything but he knows more than what the police knows about it, and he asked if I would take him out of Derby and he would pay me £10,000 because he had sold his story to a national newspaper."
Mr Owen continued: "He said he was at the fire when it started and then left and then came back.
"He said he was on bail. He said the charges would be dropped because he wasn't involved."
Mr Owen said he had contacted the police in November after hearing Mosley had been charged with causing the children's deaths.
"When I saw it on the news, I put two and two together – why would he offer me £10,000 if he had nothing to hide?"
In cross-examination of Mr Owen, Mosley's lawyer, Benjamin Nolan QC, said: "When you heard he had been charged, you chose to get your revenge (for the ring) by inventing this conversation."
"I wouldn't invent something like that at all," replied Mr Owen.
Also yesterday, the jury heard from Helen Armstrong and Thomas Hannafin, who said they had been in the smoking area at Gala Bingo in Sinfin Lane, one night in June, and had overheard Mosley talking to a man called Andy Faulkner.
Ms Armstrong said she heard clearly Mosley say: "I think I better hand myself in."
Mr Hannafin said he heard Mosley say: "I might go and turn myself in because I can't let Mick take all the blame."
He said he thought Mosley had wanted to say something else because he then heard Mr Faulkner say: "I cannot talk now, I'll talk later."
Mr Nolan asked Mr Hannafin if he had really heard what Mosley said or was he just "agreeing with Helen Armstrong", when they had a conversation about it afterwards.
"No, I heard what he said to Andy," said Mr Hannafin.
Also giving evidence yesterday morning were family friends Claire Smith and Mary Donnan.
Ms Smith told the court she had grown up in Marlborough Road, Allenton, next door to Mrs Philpott's family and that she saw them as "her own family".
She said she drove to the Royal Derby Hospital in the immediate aftermath of the fire with Mrs Philpott's sister, Bernadette.
She told the court when they arrived there was a large group of family and friends outside the accident and emergency building.
Miss Smith said: "Mairead was shouting 'my babies'.
"I went to buy some cigarettes and when I came back there was a taller man there.
"I asked a friend if that was Mick's brother because he looked so much like him, but she told me he was called Shaky and that his real name was Paul Mosley.
"Him and Mick went down the side of the hospital for about half an hour.
"He (Philpott) had just lost five children and another one was inside the hospital. I know everyone reacts differently but I thought 'that's a bit strange, why would you go and talk alone to a mate for half an hour?' "
Ms Donnan told the court she was also a friend of the family and was known as "Jeanie" to everyone.
She too travelled to the Royal Derby Hospital on the morning of the fire and joined the large group of family and friends outside the accident and emergency department.
She said: "I saw Shaky (Mosley) arrive. He went straight over to Mick.
"They went around the corner, just Mick and Shaky."
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