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Philpott Weeps As Police Interviews Read Out
A father accused of killing six of his children in a house fire wept in court as the police interviews following his arrest were read out.
Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead deny six counts of manslaughter following the blaze at their home on Victory Road in Allenton, Derby last May.
A third defendant, Paul Mosley, also denies manslaughter.
Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six and Jayden, five all perished in the fire.
Their older brother Duwayne, 13, died three days later in hospital.
DC Steve Barnes interviewed Philpott after his arrest. When the detective cautioned Mick, he replied: "I understand, I can't believe it."
Later he said: "I don't think you understand what it is like losing six children."
Philpott told the detective that before the fire, at 7.30pm, Mosley, also known as Shakey, had come to the house to play pool and Philpott had obtained cannabis for his friend.
He said Mosley left at 12.45am, and that he and Mairead fell asleep in the conservatory watching the film Centurion.
Philpott was woken by an alarm and saw "bright lights at the door".
He knew it was a fire and heard a "whoosh", adding: "It wasn't like an explosion it was a pop sound."
Philpott said he put his Derby County jogging bottoms on, went through to the back of the house, got ladders and put them up to Jade's window.
He tried to smash it first with a tennis racket, then a wrench.
"I smashed the window about five times, I wish now I could have got in, it would have been me in that morgue and not my kids," he said.
Philpott said he was restrained by police officers from trying to get back in the house.
The prosecution allege that the defendants started the fire to frame Mick's ex girlfriend Lisa Willis, who he was in a custody battle with.
Ms Willis and her children used to live with the Philpotts and their children, but left three months before the fire.
Asked about Ms Willis, Philpott said: "I treated her like a queen. For the past four years I have given her all my attention and not to my wife.
"It came to a couple of points where I asked Mairead for a divorce, so I could marry Lisa."
The court heard that Lisa had been chief bridesmaid at Mick and Mairead's wedding.
"It was a three-way relationship between me, Mairead and Lisa," he said. "It's just something that happened."
Philpott also said that any fuel residue found in the home was likely to have been from his strimmer.
He told the detective: "You will find residents (residue) on my clothes and shoes from the strimmer, you might find it on Duwayne's too."
In the interview he also said petrol would be found in the kitchen, front room, conservatory, snooker room and the garden, where he had carried the strimmer through.
When asked by a detective whether he was responsible for the fire, he replied: "Watch these eyes, categorically no, nor was my wife."
The trial continues.