Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mick and Mairead Philpott accused of murdering their six children in a house fire have begged prison bosses to be allowed to attend their funerals.

Mick and Mairead Philpott are currently in custody and have put in an application for compassionate leave to attend the services, according to reports.
They face six counts of murder following the fire at their home in Allenton, Derby, on May 11.
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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
Mairead Philpott wore a white sleeveless dress to court showing her tattoo that bears her dead children's names

Mairead Philpott wore a white sleeveless dress to court showing her tattoo that bears her dead children's names
Their children Jade, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, 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.
 

The People reported Mr Philpott's son Richard, 25, told a friend: 'They want to be at the funerals and need to be able to say goodbye. Whatever has happened, they are innocent until proven guilty. The public should not judge them. Let a jury do that when they know all the facts.
But there are concerns for their safety and security as their high-profile case has already attracted abuse from the public.
Court appearance: Flanked by security guards Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead appear at Nottingham Crown Court today before The Honourable Mr Justice Charles Haddon-Cave 
 
Court appearance: Flanked by security guards Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead appear at Nottingham Crown Court before The Honourable Mr Justice Charles Haddon-Cave

Mick Philpott reacting as he and his wife Mairead appear at Nottingham Crown where they were charged with the death of six of their children in a house fire
Derby Cathedral Church of All Saints 
 
Funeral: Mick Philpott at the hearing as the charges are read out. Funeral arrangements for the children have yet to be finalised but authorities at Derby Cathedral (right) have agreed to host a service

When the couple appeared in court on Friday, people in the public gallery shouted abuse during the hearing at Nottingham Crown Court.
Another man walked out half way through the hearing and said 'disgrace' with his arms out and fingers pointing towards the couple.
Once again Mrs Philpott wore a vest top which exposed the heartbreaking tattoo of intertwining roses which bears her late children's names.

Anger: Members of the public react as a prison van, believed to be carrying the Philpotts, leaves Nottingham Crown Court after the hearing today

Anger: Members of the public react as a prison van, believed to be carrying the Philpotts, leaves Nottingham Crown Court after the hearing


Beaming: Mairead and Mick Philpott on their wedding day. The couple stand accused of killing their six children in an arson attack

Beaming: Mairead and Mick Philpott on their wedding day. The couple stand accused of killing their six children in an arson attack

The judge, The Honourable Mr Justice Charles Haddon-Cave, remanded the pair into custody after a short hearing.
Three weeks ago Mick Philpott, 55, had been hailed as a hero credited with 'valiant' attempts to save the children as fire swept through the three-bedroom council house.
Before their arrests, the Philpotts had started planning the funerals and had arranged for six separate double-horse-drawn hearses to carry the coffins at Derby Cathedral.


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 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

A Prison Service spokesman explained to The People that a full assessment would be undertaken involving police and other agencies.'It is a unique situation and we cannot think, right now, of any other defendants in the past who have been charged with murdering their children, then wanting to attend their funerals.That is why it poses such a huge risk.'
The spokesperson said that public protection was key and if the risk is too high a private memorial may be arranged.
Back in May 2003, when the couple married in a church near Derby, with four-year-old Duwayne as a pageboy and baby Jade as a bridesmaid, family and friends gathered to join the celebration.
So far detectives have established the fire was started deliberately with petrol at the front door.

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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