Philpott trial day 4: Angry Philpott 'pinned pregnant girlfriend to ground', court told
Parents Mick and Mairead Philpott stand accused of killing their six children in a house fire in Victory Road, Derby, on May 11 last year.
The pair, along with family friend Paul Mosley, have pleaded not guilty to six counts of manslaughter.
Philpott, along with his wife, Mairead, allegedly started the blaze after making reports to the police that his former mistress, Lisa Willis, had been threatening him and his family.
Day 4 of the trial at Nottingham Crown Court
4.10pm The trial is adjourned for the day.
4.05pm Gillian Cooper tells the court that when she and Ms Willis got to the door at 18 Victory Road, Philpott "smashed it in Lisa's face".
"He was quite angry, he swore at me."
4pm A new witness is called, Gillian Cooper, who was asked by Lisa Willis to go to 18 Victory Road with her to collect clothes for the children a few days after she had walked out.
3.50pm Witness Heather Kehoe, a former partner of Mick Philpott, told the jury she would come home from work and be "not convinced" that the children had been looked after by Mick.
At that point, Philpott, in the dock, turned round to look at wife Mairead and shook his head.
Miss Kehoe has finished giving evidence.
3.40pm Ms Kehoe told the jury she had a "horrid" custody battle with Philpott after she left him.
3.30pm Ms Kehoe told the court that Philpott once asked their eldest son to punch her in the face and kick her.
Asked if her son did that, Ms Kehoe broke down in tears and said: "He did".
3.25pm Ms Kehoe told the court that Philpott wanted more children.
"I wasn't getting pregnant, which didn't please him," she told the jury.
"He said I wasn't a real woman as I couldn't give him the children he wanted.
"He said I wasn't half the woman Pam [Philpott's former wife Pam Lomax] was."
3.20pm Ms Kehoe told the court that soon after giving birth to their first son, she fell pregnant again, with another son.
Philpott had wanted a girl this time so did not develop such a close bond with this second boy as he had done with the first.
Ms Kehoe told the court: "Mick wanted a girl. He used to beat me for that [having a boy]. He took it that it was my fault it wasn't a girl."
3.15pm Ms Kehoe described Philpott as a "Jekyll and Hyde" character.
"He knew what to say to make me feel special," she told the court.
"But he was violent if he didn't get his way. He would hit me or lash out. I soon learnt what his way was."
In court, Philpott scoffed more than once during Ms Kehoe's evidence.
3.10pm Ms Kehoe told the court that in September 1996 she discovered she was pregnant with Philpott's baby.
Upon finding she was pregnant she wanted to "go home" because she was "homesick".
Asked about Philpott's reaction to the news, Ms Kehoe told the jury: "He just flipped, basically. He pinned me to the ground and said it wasn't happening."
"He put the fear of God into me. I didn't feel I had any options."
3.05pm Ms Kehoe told the court that she left home on March 16, 1996 - two days after her 16th birthday - to 'run away' to Derby to be with Philpott.
3pm Ms Kehoe told the court she met Philpott when she was 14 and he was around 37.
He was married to Pam Lomax at the time and had children.
They met at a fishing lake in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, where Philpott was a regular.
Asked what he was like back then, Ms Kehoe said: "He was outgoing, he spoke to everybody and made a fuss of everyone.
"He came across as quite charming, I suppose, and amusing."
Within a year they were having sex regularly, including at his house, she told the court.
2.45pm The next witness to take the stand will be Heather Kehoe, a former partner of Mick Philpott, with whom she has two children.
2.30pm Lisa Willis said she texted Mick Philpott a month before the fire saying she wanted nothing more to do with him but was willing to let him see their children "on mutual ground" as she did not want him to know where she and the children were living. He replied that if she didn't come back to him he would "get custody", the court heard. Ms Willis finishes giving evidence.
12.50pm Sean Smith, Mairead Philpott's barrister, put it to Ms Willis that Mrs Philpott was a "great mum" who wouldn't "harm a hair on a child's head, let alone her own". Ms Willis agreed, saying "Yes, that's correct".
12.35pm The bedroom windows at the Victory Road home were kept locked because the children use to "mess about with them" Ms Willis said.
12.10pm Court heard Mairead Philpott once attempted suicide and told Lisa Willis in a note that she was "the sister she never had". Ms Willis also told the court that Mairead Philpott confided in her about being abused as a child.
Ms Willis told the court that Mairead Philpott was scared of her husband Mick and would not talk much. Instead she nodded in agreement to whatever Mick said including when he asked if she was OK with him sleeping with Ms Willis, the court heard.
11.35am Ms Willis said the first she knew about the fire was when the police come to her door on the morning it happened.
11.25am Ms Willis denies threatening to kill Mick Philpott during a phone call on May 1.
11.05am Ms Willis is cross-examined over phone conversations she had with Mick Philpott after she walked out on him. A non-molestation order is granted to her by a Derby court on April 13.
10.40am Mick Philpott arrives at Nottingham Crown Court wearing a black suit, white shirt and pink tie. Mairead Philpott is in a blue cardigan. Paul Mosley is wearing a grey Adidas T-shirt.
10.10amLisa Willis is expected to continue giving evidence at 10.30am today.
Yesterday the court heard that Ms Willis, a mother-of-five, escaped the clutches of alleged killer Mick Philpott after she tracked down her sister on Facebook.
Ms Willis had become estranged from sister Amanda Cousins after moving in with "controlling and manipulative" Philpott and his wife Mairead, a jury heard in the third day of the manslaughter trial.
Ms Willis, who was 17 at the time, began a sexual relationship with Philpott, and "took it in turns" with Mairead to spend the night with him. She told the court that Philpott, who is accused of killing six children in a fire he started, had control over her finances and her relationship with her sister fizzled out.
She said after not contacting her sister for a number of years she started to communicate with her again in December 2011 after finding her on Facebook,
Ms Willis walked out on Philpott in February last year, in what prosecutors say was the "catalyst" for him later starting the fire at his Allenton home in a bid to frame her as they fought a custody battle.
She did admit under cross-examination that Philpott treated his children well.
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