Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Michael Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31 - Charged With The Murder Of Their Six Children.

The parents of six children who died in a house fire in Derby have been charged with their murder, police confirmed tonight.
Michael Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, will appear in court tomorrow accused of killing the children, who died after a blaze at a house in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby, on May 11.
Five of the children - four boys and a girl - died on the day of the fire. Their 13-year-old brother died the following day.
Family tragedy: Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead are charged with murdering six of their children
Family tragedy: Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead are charged with murdering six of their children
Philpott, 55, and his 31-year-old wife were arrested yesterday morning. Five days after the fire they appeared at a press conference where they cried as they thanked those who tried to save their children.
The couple are due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court in Derby tomorrow morning.
The charges were confirmed tonight by Derbyshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
A CPS spokesman said: 'The evidence was reviewed by a Crown Advocate from the CPS East Midlands Complex Casework Unit, who decided that there was sufficient evidence to charge and that it is in the public interest for a prosecution to take place.

'It is important to note that the defendants are entitled to a fair trial and nothing should be said or reported that would prejudice that right.'
The charges follow a recent appeal for information by Derbyshire Police.

 

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill, the officer leading the investigation, said the charges should not be seen as the end of the inquiry.
He said: 'Following the appeal yesterday a number of people have come forward with more information but I want to stress that the two charges this evening should not be seen as the end of the investigation.
'We are determined to get to the truth of what happened and still want people to speak to us to tell us what they know about this tragedy.'
Grief-stricken: Mick and Mairead Philpott, the parents of six children who died following a fire at their home in Derby, appeared at a news conference
Grief: Mick and Mairead Philpott cried at a news conference about the fire, which killed six of their children
Philpott family
The family in 2007, including five of the six children who died. Back row from left, Katrine and Kirk in Lisa Willis's arms, Yawery and Jayden in the arms of Mr Philpott, Jade, Jack and Jordan. Front row, from left, Shareen and Jesse with Mrs Philpott, Duwayne and John
Earlier today, Mr Cotterill said: 'A number of people have come forward with additional information that has been extremely useful to the inquiry team.
'They have taken on board my promise that we will treat them sensitively and in confidence.
'It is now vital that other people do the right thing and talk to us if they know anything that would help us further.

 

'I appreciate that it will be difficult for some people but they should put their trust in us. My appeal is do not wait any longer - come forward now.'
Sixth victim: Duwayne Philpott, 13, died in hospital after his life support machine was turned off
Sixth victim: Duwayne Philpott, 13, died in hospital after his life support machine was turned off

The couple had broken down in tears at a press conference a fortnight ago as police officers described the attack that claimed the lives of their children.
Jade Philpott, ten, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, were all killed in the fire. Older brother Duwayne, 13, died of his injuries in hospital a few days later with his parents at his bedside.
Mr Philpott had been hailed by neighbours as a hero for ‘valiant’ attempts to rescue his children.
Police have established that the fire was deliberate, caused by someone pouring petrol through the letterbox of the family’s three-bedroom council house in Allenton, Derby, before igniting it with a match or a cigarette lighter.
After the parents were arrested yesterday, Mr Cotterill appealed for the local community to help officers work out why the fire was started.
He said: ‘In view of the arrests, I would urge anyone who may have been holding back, not felt comfortable to voice their concerns or not had the confidence, to do so now.
‘It may well be that you have a little bit of loyalty to family  or friends. I would ask you to  put that aside in memory of those six children.’
The caravan removed by police from outside the property last week is thought to have been used as extra accommodation at the family home, with Mr and Mrs Philpott often sleeping in it.
After the arrests yesterday, police increased their presence on the road where the family live. Tributes and gifts left outside the home were also removed.Mr Philpott, a father of 17 children by five women, became known as ‘Shameless Mick’ in 2007 after demanding a larger house for his family.
Respect: Well-wishers have left hundreds of cards, flowers, teddy bears and candles after a candlelit vigil
Respect: Well-wishers have left hundreds of cards, flowers, teddy bears and candles after a candlelit vigil
Search for clues: Police prepare to lift the caravan on to a low-loader outside the burnt-out Philpott family home in Allenton, Derby
Search for clues: Police prepare to lift the caravan on to a low-loader outside the burnt-out Philpott family home in Allenton, Derby


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