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  • 8 November 2012, 17:39

Derby Fire Deaths: Parents Deny Murder

The parents of six children who died during a house fire in Derby have pleaded not guilty to six counts of murder.

MickPhilpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, made the plea at Nottingham Crown Court.

Jade, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, all died in the blaze on Victory Road, Allenton on May 11.

Their brother Duwayne, 13, died three days later in hospital.

Mick, wearing a St Christopher, broke down in tears and held his head in his hands as he entered his plea while Mairead, wearing a cross on a long chain around her neck, was more composed.

However, she became tearful during the hour-long hearing.

A second man, who was charged with the six murders on Monday also appeared in the dock.

Paul Mosley, 45, of Cecil Street, Derby, did not speak during the hearing and stared straight ahead.

The three were flanked by 11 prison officers in the dock, with a line of five sat behind the couple, separating them from Mosley.

All three were remanded in custody.

They will next appear at Birmingham Crown Court at 2pm on November 29.

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