Cries of "scum" as parents charged with murdering 6 kids in fire are at court
CRIES of "scum" and "b*******" rang out as dad of 17 Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead made their first court appearance charged with murdering their six kids in an arson blaze.
A man and a woman had to be escorted from Derby magistrates court by police when a female repeatedly swore at the accused pair after they were led into the dock flanked by six prison officers.
Philpott, 55, in a sleeveless T-shirt, tracksuit bottoms and bright blue trainers, stood with his arms crossed over his chest and shook his head mouthing "No No" as magistrate Kath Heap read out the charges.
His wife and co-accused Mairead, 31, looking bedraggled, and wearing a white top, remained quiet and looked straight ahead throughout.
As Mr Philpott was led from the dock he leaned towards the glass partition and mouthed "w******" at three Derbyshire force detectives sitting in the well of the court.
He blew a kiss and gave a clenched fist salute to about 20 relatives who attended the hearing.
No please were entered and there was no bail application.
A large number of residents from Victory Road, Derby, where the tragedy took place, were in court.
The couple were charged with murdering tragic Duwayne, 13, Jade, ten, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six, and Jayden, five.
They died from smoke inhalation after a firebug poured petrol through the letterbox of their home in Allenton, Derby.
The Philpotts were accused a fortnight after they wept during a press conference at which they begged for the public?s help in nailing the arsonist.
The Sun revealed soon after the May 11 fire that Philpott - who had his children with five different women - was NOT at home when the fire was started just before 4am.
Witnesses said he was "hysterical" as he came running up the street pleading for his kids to be saved.
Cops said later he made "valiant" efforts to get into the blazing three-bedroom semi.
But in a dramatic statement, police revealed they had been authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge him and Mairead with murder.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cotterill 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 we still want people to tell us what they know about this tragedy."
Detectives had been given an extra 12 hours to continue questioning the pair before announcing the charges.
Jobless Philpott was estranged two months ago from his former mistress Lisa Willis, 28.
She shared the Allenton house with him and Mairead. But after a dispute she left with the five children Mick had fathered by her.
A CPS spokesman said: "The evidence was reviewed by a Crown Advocate from the CPS East Midlands Complex Casework Unit, who decided 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 that would prejudice that right."