'I've come to see you, gorgeous', Philpott told officer as he joked about fire
MICK Philpott wore the death of his six children "like a badge of honour", the court was told.
PC Joanne Halford said he also told her he believed a neighbour, Adam Taylor, had started the fire in Victory Road, Allenton, which killed the youngsters.
She told a jury that when she asked him why he was outside the Royal Derby Hospital at 1.30am seven days after the blaze, he replied "I've come to see you, gorgeous."
And two separate witnesses also told Nottingham Crown Court how Philpott and co-accused Paul Mosley went to talk in private for 30 minutes outside the Royal Derby Hospital, less than three hours after the blaze.
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PC Halford was giving evidence on the morning of Day 12 of the trial. She told the court that she was guarding a prisoner in a total unrelated case in the early hours of May 18 last year when she went outside the hospital.
She said: "A car drove past with two men in it. One of them waved so out of politeness I waved back. The car pulled up and the two men started to walk over to me. I said to them 'what are you two doing here?' and the shorter man said 'I've come to see you gorgeous'.
"The first man, who I now know is called Brian Mosley, introduced me to the shorter man. He said to me 'don't you know who this is? This is Mick Philpott, father of the six dead kids'."
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, asked PC Halford: In what way was it said?"
PC Halford said: "I would describe it as like it was a badge of honour.
"He (Philpott) also inferred that I should go back to his hotel. It made me feel quite uncomfortable."
PC Halford said that while the three were outside the hospital, Philpott told her he was looking for a police officer to talk to as he claimed he knew who had started the fire.
She said: "He said to me that Adam Taylor, who lives in Victory Road, was responsible for starting the fire.
"He told me he had been thinking about it and he remembered lending Mr Taylor a strimmer about two weeks before the fire and that he returned it a couple of days later but that he did not return the petrol can he had also lent him. He said he and Mr Mosley had driven into the city centre to try to find a police officer to tell this to but they couldn't find one, which is why they came to talk to me when they saw me standing outside the hospital.
"I told him he needed to tell that to his family liaison officer but he said that the FLO was asleep."
PC Halford said that during the same conversation Philpott also told her about the morning of the fire.
She said: "He was laughing and joking about the incident, saying when he was trying to rescue the children he took the chance to hit out at two police officers. He lifted up his top and showed me a graze on his ribs and said to me 'your lot did this'.
"He kept telling me the fire had affected him far worse than it had Mairead.
"He said he had collapsed seven times since the event."
The trial continues.
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