Philpott trial day 7: Police officer at Victory Road on night of the fire tells court he could 'see flames coming out of the front window'
THE trial of parents and a friend accused of killing six young children in a house fire in Derby continues today.
Mick Philpott, 56, his wife Mairead Philpott, 31, and family friend Paul Mosley, 45, all deny 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 7 of the trial:
4.20pm: The case is adjourned until Thursday morning.
4.05pm: PC Anthony Maddock tells the court he was also one of the first to be at the scene. He said: "As I arrived in the street, I could see flames coming out of the front window."
3.50pm: The next witness will be PC Anthony Maddock.
3.30pm: PC Slater tells the court the scene was "utter chaos".
3.25pm: The next witness will be PC Steven Slater, who travelled to the fire with the previous witness.
3pm: PC Thandi tells the court he travelled to the Royal Derby Hospital where a security guard recognised the children and said he was one of their godfathers. He identified himself as Brian Mosley, the brother of Paul Mosley.
2.55pm: The jury hears how, after the fire service arrived, PC Thandi came to the front of the house and saw three of the children on a plastic sheet. He said he helped to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, to one of them.
2.50pm: PC Thandi tells the court he knocked on the next door and an elderly man answered. PC Thandi said he pushed past him, unlocked the back door and ran out into the back garden.
PC Thandi said he had to pick at the fence which separated the two gardens to gain access to the back garden of 18 Victory Road.
2.45pm: The court is told how PC Thandi took a fire extinguisher to the front door.
He said: "The heat was intense, I could feel it in my face. I was probably around a foot away from the fire."
2.40pm: PC Thandi tells the jury it took him 25 to 30 seconds to get to the house in Victory Road from Cotton Lane police station.
2.35pm: The next witness will be PC Amerjit Thandi, one of the first responders on the night of the fire.
2.25pm: Miss Phelan said: "He (Philpott) did not seem at all concerned for Mrs Philpott, her well-being, her mental state at the time, why she had done it."
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, asked her: "What was he concerned about?" Miss Phelan answered: "Himself."
2.20pm: Miss Phelan tells the court how she was called to 18 Victory Road after a report of an overdose from Mairead. When she arrived, she said Philpott was wailing and screaming, saying: "My babies, my babies, who is going to look after them?"
She said: "The overdose was not necessarily strange, it was more the story as to why Mrs Philpott had done it."
2.10pm: The first witness this afternoon will be paramedic Samantha Phelan.
12.55pm: The case is adjourned for lunch until 2pm.
12.50pm: The court hears on April 16, Mr McNulty was asked to serve papers on Philpott and, within them, was a non-molestation order. He said he went to 18 Victory Road but Philpott was out.
Mr McNulty said he arranged to meet Philpott at a car park in Markeaton Park. He said: "Mr Philpott said I have got her in the van. I am trying to persuade her not to go to court tomorrow."
12.40pm: The next witness will be private investigator John McNulty.
12.35pm: Ms Harriet lives in Victory Road and the court hears how she visited the Philpott home a week before the fire.
She said: "Mick was happy, hyper, he was flashing his phone around saying Lisa had threatened to blow his house up. He was boasting and bragging about it. He said he was going to his solicitor."
12.30pm: The next witness will be Chantelle Harriet.
12.25pm: Mrs Bright tells the court how Philpott came over to her two days before the fire and told her he had a plan.
She said: "He was very confident he would get the children back."
12.05pm: The next witness will be Charlotte Bright, the last of the four mothers.
Mrs Bright also went to the Philpott couple's wedding and her son used to be taken to school by Philpott, when he was dropping off his own children.
11.45am: Mrs McCready also recalls hearing Philpott say he had a plan. She said: "He said she (Ms Willis) would be sorry."
The case is adjourned until 12.05pm.
11.35am: The next witness will be Kerry McCready, another of the mothers.
11.30am: Mrs France tells the court how Philpott also told her he "had a plan" and was very confident he would get custody of the children after the court hearing, which was due to take place on the morning of the fire.
11.20am: The next witness will be mother Seaneen France, who also has children at the same school as five of the six youngsters who died in the fire.
11.10am: The court hears from Mrs Beck how, in the days before the fire, Philpott told her "he was not going to let Lisa get away with this".
She said: "He said he had something up his sleeve."
11am: The next witness will be Denise Beck, one of four mothers who spoke to Philpott at the school gates before the fire.
10.45am: Mrs Mosley tells the jury Philpott told her how, the day Ms Willis left, he drank half a bottle of brandy and, the next day, took pills and had to be taken to hospital - but denied it was an attempt at suicide.
10.40am: Nottingham Crown Court hears how, in a conversation between Mrs Mosley and Philpott, he told her his ex-partner Lisa Willis would sometimes become violent.
He said they would play-fight but sometimes she would go over the top.
Mrs Mosley said: "(Philpott) said she broke his nose once, kicked and punched him. He said, when she drank, she became violent"
10.30am: Mick Philpott is today dressed in a black suit, white shirt and pink tie. Mairead Philpott is wearing a blue cardigan and black trousers and Paul Mosley is dressed in a black jumper, coat and trousers.
The first witness will be Sheila Mosley, a family court advisor and social worker. She is of no relation to Mosley.
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