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  • 1 March 2013, 1:06

Derby Fire Deaths: Tapes Played In Court

Parents accused of killing their six children in a house fire discussed what they had told officers after the blaze, according to covert recordings of their conversations that were played in court.

The discussions between Mick and Mairead Philpott took place in a bugged hotel room.

Officers monitoring the couple also caught on tape what appears to be sexual activity between them and friend Paul Mosley.

All three are accused of the manslaughter of the Philpotts' six young children in the fatal fire in Allenton, Derby, which engulfed the family home on May 11 last year.

Five days after the fire - and also after Mairead Philpott had talked to police - Mick Philpott is heard asking his wife: "What did you say about me trying to get in?"

She is heard replying: "You tried everything you could to get in, like I said to them, I wanted to run through the flames up the stairs."

Philpott asks: "Was you crying when you said it? How bad?"

She replies: "Not really, really bad, but I was crying."

Mosley visited the couple in their Premier Inn room and parts of recordings played in court showed what prosecutors said was sexual activity between the three of them.

On one occasion, on May 19, Philpott, 56, refers to his wife performing a sex act on Mosley, which prosecutor Richard Latham QC said was aimed at keeping Mosley on side.

On the night before the couple held a news conference to appeal for witnesses, Mick Philpott was heard to say: "My main thing tomorrow is to thank everybody."

The same night, the tape hears Philpott murmur to his wife: "You make sure you stick to your story."

Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13, all perished after the fire at their home in Victory Road.

Earlier in court, a witness said she had heard Mosley bragging for "being on bail for six counts of murder".

Melissa John, the girlfriend of Mosley's nephew, told Nottingham Crown Court that she saw the 45-year-old after he was released on police bail.

Ms John told the jury: "He was bragging ... about being on bail for six counts of murder."

She said Mosley said he would wait for the charges to be dropped "then he'd go public and tell everyone".

Ms John said Mosley later asked her: "What if I was to tell you we actually rehearsed this six weeks ago?"

She said Mosley went on to claim that the Philpotts were to be inside the house when the fire was started, that he was to "kick the back door in" and then the couple were to run out front and scream for help.

But she claimed he said it "didn't go to plan".

Ms John said Mosley told her Mick had wanted a bigger house, and Mairead had written a suicide note saying "next time she'll take her children with her".

Mairead was to take the blame for the fire, Ms John told the court.

The prosecution allege that the trio - who deny wrongdoing - started the fire to "frame" Mick Philpott's ex-mistress and regain access to their children.

Their trial continues.

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