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Philpott Trial Hears Secret Police Recordings
A man accused of starting a house fire which killed his six children is alleged to have whispered to his wife: "I didn't mean to do it. On my life."
Mick Philpott, 56, his wife Mairead, 31, and a third defendant Paul Mosley each deny six counts of manslaughter after the blaze in Derby last May.
In the days after the fire, covert recordings were made of the Philpotts' conversations in a police vehicle and a hotel bedroom.
In the van on May 31, Mick is heard asking his wife: "Are we sticking to the story?"
Mairead replies: "Hmmm." Mick whispers: "Good."
He then asks her: "Do you know something? Have they got any evidence on you? They've got nothing on me, nothing."
During another conversation he said to his wife: "I love you so much. Look at me. We will walk free and prove our innocence, right?
"And then we will sort them out, promise you."
Mairead replied: "Yeah, like I said, we can't even bury the kids."
The Philpotts' defence team disputes the contents of some of the recordings and called Martin Barry, a forensics speech analyst, who said he had listened to the disputed recording "several thousand times".
The prosecution alleges Mick can be heard to say: "You definitely sticking with the story? I didn't mean to do it, on my life."
Mr Barry agreed the comments "definitely sticking with the story" and "on my life" could be heard, but disputed the words "you" and "I didn't mean to do it".
The expert told the court the comments were "unclear" and "obscured" by the noise of the van.
The prosecution claims the children's deaths were a result of a "plan" devised to frame Mick's ex-mistress Lisa Willis that went wrong.
The judge at Nottingham Crown Court also decided to allow the release of a 999 call made on the night of the fire.
The Philpotts can be heard sobbing and pleading for help and telling the operator that the children were trapped in an upstairs bedroom.
During the call, Philpott is asked by an operator if he knew what caused the fire.
"I've no idea, we've just been woken up by the alarm. There's smoke everywhere," Philpott replied.
Jade, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six and Jayden, five, all perished in the blaze on Victory Road in Allenton.
Their brother Duwayne, 13, was taken to Derby Royal Hospital, but died three days later after being transferred to a Birmingham hospital.
The trial continues.