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Philpott Trial: Father 'Joked' About Blaze
A father accused of killing his six children in a fire at his home in Derby was "laughing and joking" about the blaze just a week later, a court has heard.
PC Joanne Halford told Nottingham Crown Court that Michael Philpott seemed "jovial" when she spoke to him at Royal Derby Hospital in the early hours of May 18.
When the officer asked him what he was doing at the hospital, Philpott replied: "I'm here to see you gorgeous", the court heard.
"He was laughing and joking about the incident saying that when he was trying to rescue the children he had took his chance to hit out at two coppers trying to hold him back," PC Halford told jurors.
Jade, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six and Jayden, five, all perished in the blaze on Victory Road in Allenton in May last year.
Their brother Duwayne, 13, was taken to Derby Royal Hospital but died three days later after being transferred to a Birmingham hospital.
Mick Philpott, 56, and his wife Mairead, 31, deny killing their six children after a "plan" to frame his ex-mistress Lisa Willis went wrong. A third defendant, Paul Mosley, 46, also denies six counts of manslaughter.
Mosley's brother Brian, who was with Philpott at the hospital, said to the officer: "Don't you know who he is? He's Mick Philpott, father of the six dead kids."
PC Halford told the court the statement seemed to be used like a "badge of honour".
Philpott alleged that neighbour Adam Taylor, who was later arrested and released without charge, had started the fire because he had borrowed a strimmer and a petrol can from him two weeks before the fire and had failed to return the latter.
He also told the officer he was angry police had asked him about his family background and that it was none of their business.
The police constable said he was "cross" that his wife had disclosed information to them, including about threesomes the couple had in the past.
PC Halford said that when she returned from calling her colleagues with the information, Philpott "was jovial, laughing and jolly with the other men" in an office at the hospital.
The officer also told the court Philpott implied that he would like her to join him at the hotel where he and his wife were staying following the fire at their home.
The trial continues.