Philpott trial day 6: Philpott "flew into rage" after police said they would not arrest mistress over threats, court hears
THE trial of parents and a friend accused of killing six young children in a house fire in Derby has resumed today.
Mick Philpott, 56, his wife, Mairead Philpott, 31, and family friend Paul Mosley, 45, all deny the manslaughter of the children.
Duwayne Philpott, 13, his sister, Jade, 10, and their brothers, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six and Jayden, five, all died from the effects of smoke inhalation after flames tore through their home in Victory Road, Allenton, on May 11 last year.
Day 6 of the trial:
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3.40pm: PC Atwal tells the jury she went to 18 Victory Road on May 2 after a call from Philpott about a threat Ms Willis made to him the previous day.
They hear that, when PC Atwal told him they were not going to caution or arrest her, he flew into a rage.
She said: "He started punching out into thin air. He went next door and I heard a thumping noise. It could have been a door or a wall."
3.15pm: The court hears how Philpott told PC Atwal that Lisa left because she was "unhappy with the situation" and she wanted to be married to him.
Philpott then said to PC Atwal that he was considering divorcing Mairead to marry Lisa - in front of Mairead.
3.10pm: The jury hears how Philpott told police he was going through "the correct channels" to win custody of the children - through the courts.
They hear how Philpott told PC Atwal that Lisa Willis called him on May 1 - 10 days before the fire - threatening to kill him unless he left her and her family alone.
3.05pm: The court is told how PC Atwal visited 18 Victory Road while Ms Willis still lived there. The first time she went was in relation to Philpott's son, Mikey, going missing.
She said: "Mairead would only speak when she was directed to. But I got the impression that airead was the main partner and Lisa took second place."
She said Philpott told her he would send Mickey back to live with his mum, unless his behaviour improved.
2.50pm: The next witness will be PC Sharon Atwal.
2.40pm: Prosecutor Richard Latham QC reads out witness statements from other people who were on the bus.
2.35pm: She tells how she recalls Philpott say on the phone to "get the kids a Chinese and let me know if there is any problem".
2.30pm: The next witness will be Carly Thornley, who was also on the minibus.
2.15pm: The court hears how she recalls Philpott pulling the van over to take a call and then said to the bus: "I am sorry but someone has just threatened to petrol bomb my house."
She said: "My first impression of him was that he came across as quite cocky."
2.05pm: The trial is about to resume, with the first witness to be Anastasia Regan - the sister of Mrs Osborne - who was also on the bus.
12.55pm: The case is adjourned for lunch.
12.40pm: Ms Regan tells the trial she also recalls the phone call. She said: "We pulled over because he had to take a phone call. He said: 'Sorry guys, that was my missus. My ex has threatened to pour petrol on my house.'"
12.30pm: The next witness will be Geraldine Regan, mother of Mrs Osborne - who was also on the bus.
12.10pm: The court heard how Philpott took Mrs Osborne to an exhibition darts match in Leicester in April last year and, while en route, Philpott took a call on his mobile. After he hung up, he announced to the bus that "someone has threatened to torch my house and kids" - but he did not say who.
12pm: The next witness will be Sarah Osborne, the wife of Derby's professional darts player Colin Osborne, nicknamed the Wizard and who has won two Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Pro Tour events.
11.55am: In cross examination, by Philpott's barrister Anthony Orchard, Mr Cousins is asked if he had any direct knowledge of who set the fire. Mr Cousins said: "No, not at all".
11.50am: Mr Cousins tells the court that hearing that Philpott had accused him of being the father of Ms Willis' child Jordan on social networking website Facebook "did not really upset" him.
He said: "I knew it wasn't true, Lisa knew it wasn't true and Amanda (Mr Cousins' wife) knew it was not true."
11.40am: Mr Cousins heard about the fire from his daughter, who called him to say: "Turn on the news, Mick's house is on fire!", the jury is told.
11.20am: Mr Cousins tells Nottingham Crown Court that Lisa Willis told him and his wife that she had not loved Philpott for two years prior to walking out on him in February last year.
11.10am: The jury is in and the first witness is about to be called. It is Ian Cousins, the brother-in-law of Philpott's former mistress Lisa Willis.
10.55am: Philpott arrives wearing a black suit, white shirt and pink tie. Mairead is dressed in a black cardigan and trousers. Paul Mosley is wearing a black jumper and grey trousers.
10.30am: The start of the trial is delayed due to an accident on the M1, which holds up the arrival of Mick Philpott and his wife, Mairead Philpott, from their respective prisons.
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