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Trial begins of Derby house fire suspects

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal

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The trial of three people charged with the manslaughter of six children in a Derby house fire last year has begun.

Mick Philpott, 56, his wife Mairhead, 31, and Paul Mosley, 45, deny the charges.

Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died during the council house blaze on Victory Road, Allenton in May 11 last year.

Older brother Duwayne, 13, died in hospital two days later.

The prosecution has alleged that the fire was started deliberately in an attempt to frame Mr Philpott's former mistress, Lisa Willis.

Mr Philpott was locked in a custody battle with Ms Willis, 28, at the time, over her five children, four of whom were Mr Philpott's.

It was heard that Ms Willis had lived with Mr and Mrs Philpott at the house before moving out with her children, meaning the couple would lose thousands in benefits.

The case continues.

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