'No sign of fire' on clothes of accused Mick Philpott, paramedics tell court
PARAMEDICS who tried to help save the six children on the morning of the Victory Road fire have told a court they were surprised at how clean their father, Mick Philpott, was in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Both Wayne Rowland and Pete Lewin, who work for East Midlands Ambulance Service, said they saw the father-of-17 outside the Royal Derby Hospital soon after the children had been taken there.
Mr Rowland said he had travelled from the scene of the fire to the hospital, giving medical care to two of the children, while Mr Lewin was using chest compression on another of the youngsters trying to keep him alive.
Mr Rowland said he cleaned himself up after arriving and passing over the care of the children to the doctors and nurses.
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Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, asked him: "You saw someone talking to a security guard outside the hospital."
Mr Rowland said: "Yes, it was the father of the children."
Mr Latham asked: "How close did you get?"
Mr Rowland said: "Not that close, maybe 10ft to 12ft.
"He was wearing a white T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms, I don't think he had any shoes on."
Mr Latham said: "You had been involved in caring for one of the children that had been taken by ambulance?
Mr Rowland said: "Yes, I had soot on my arms and bits of skin on my shirt."
Mr Latham asked: "Did you notice something about him (Philpott)?"
Mr Rowland said: "I just thought he was very clean for someone that had just come out of a fire.
"I thought at the very least he might have some soot on his clothes."
Mr Lewin said he was called to the scene of the fire from his base in Mansfield and went with another of the children to the Royal Derby Hospital.
He said after he left the child in the care of the doctors he cleaned himself up and also saw Philpott outside the door.
He told the court: "I was surprised there was no soot on his white T-shirt."
Yesterday afternoon, Nottingham Crown Court also heard evidence from Dr Imti Choonara, a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Dr Choonara said one of the six children had died on the way to the hospital from the fire and another four were declared dead inside the hospital building.
The sixth, Duwayne, he told the court, only had a pulse after being resuscitated and was transferred to Birmingham Children's Hospital where he died the following day.
Dr Choonara said: "The father had fainted inside the hospital but had told me he did not want me to speak to the mother until he was there.
"The parents were obviously distraught after losing more than one child but physically they looked very well.
"The children, when they arrived at hospital, were covered in soot having been in a very severe house fire but the parents had no signs of having any soot on them at all."
Also giving evidence yesterday afternoon was PC Anna Khokar, who told the court she was sent to help at Victory Road on the morning of the fire.
She told the jury how she went into a neighbour's house where the Philpotts were before they were taken to the Royal Derby Hospital.
PC Khokar said: "Mick was getting agitated saying something along the lines of 'it's that bitch's boyfriend.'"
"He got up and said he was going to go after them.
"As we left the house Mick started to become agitated again, he said he was going to 'sort it out'.
"There was a paramedic there. He told Mick he needed to calm down because he needed to be there for his family."
PC Khokar said she travelled with the Philpotts to hospital and on the way Philpott fainted and was handed an oxygen mask which he wore for all the journey.
She said when they arrived he was asked by paramedics if he was OK and he told them he was fine and walked into the hospital without the need for an oxygen mask.
And another witness, PC Jason Graves, told the court he arrived at the scene of the fire while the flames were still raging.
He said: "Mick was running around shouting that the children were in the house. "He was frantically screaming that the kids were still inside, in a back room."
The trial continues, going into its ninth day tomorrow.