Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Parents remanded over blaze deaths

Mick Philpott and wife Mairead spoke to the media following the fire at their home
The house in Allenton, Derby, where six children were killed in a fire

The parents of six children killed in a house fire have been remanded into custody at crown court charged with their murder.

Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court charged with murder following the blaze at the house on Victory Road in Allenton, Derby, on May 11.

Their children Jade, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jessie, six, and Jayden, five, all died in the fire, and a sixth sibling Duwayne, 13, died of his injuries in Birmingham Children's Hospital two days later.

Mr Philpott, who wore a white sports vest top, stared down at the floor in the dock while Mrs Philpott, who wore a blue sweater and her red hair loose, appeared tearful.

A member of the packed public gallery left the courtroom and shouted "disgrace" at the pair.

As the couple were remanded into custody, other members of the gallery shouted "scum". No applications were made for bail.

The judge The Honourable Mr Justice Charles Haddon-Cave remanded the pair into custody.

They will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on June 18 for a preliminary hearing.

A crowd of around a dozen people shouted insults at the security vans carrying the Philpotts as they made their way to and from court.

The disturbance followed the couple's first appearance at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on Thursday where a man and woman were removed from the courtroom after shouting out "scum" during the 10-minute hearing.

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