April 2021

Evil mum enjoying lif on the outside 

Evil mum Mairead Philpott enjoys a taste of freedom as she sups a snakebite and black at a pub with a pal.

Philpott, 40, was released last year after serving half of a 17-year term for her part in a fire that killed her six children.

And she made the most of her new-found freedom with a trip to the pub followed by a spot of shopping.

She kept a mask on during her visit to the Lock, Stock and Barrel, in Newbury, Berks — only lowering it to drink and eat her lasagne, peas and potato wedges.

Philpott paid for the food and drink herself after saving cash from her Universal Credit benefits.

An onlooker said: “She seemed nervous about being recognised. But there was no mistaking her when she pulled her mask down to eat and drink.

“Once she had been there for a while, she started laughing and joking with her friend.

“It was pretty sickening to see her though, especially in such a lovely spot at a pub beside a river.”

Philpott was jailed in 2013 alongside her husband Mick, 65, and their neighbour Paul Mosley, 53.

The trio plotted an arson attack on the Philpotts’ three-bed council home in Derby.

The children died after Mick Philpott, 63, poured and ignited petrol on the floor of the house in Victory Road, while Mairead spoke to emergency services.

Prosecutors said it was an attempt to frame his former lover, who had also lived at the house, in a bid to get custody of her children.

But the plan went wrong and the youngsters aged five to 13 died.

Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died on the morning of the blaze on 11 May 2012.

Duwayne, who was 13, died three days later in hospital.

April 2013 – Latest Update: 

Mick Philpott jailed for LIFE inprisonment – (Minimum of 15 years)

Mairead Philpott jailed for 17 years in prison – you will serve one half of that she is told – (Minimum of 8 & half years)

Paul Mosley jailed for 17 years in prison – you will serve one half of that he is told – (Minimum of 8 & half years)

Family members making obscene gestures towards Mick Philpott as he leaves the dock. He responds with similar gestures

Mitigation concludes. Judge asks for time to reflect on mitigation and she will now sentence this afternoon – not before 3pm

Mick Philpott now staring silently at the floor in the dock.

Defence for Paul Mosley – his time in prison is “very unpleasant” and he “faces hostility from other prisoners on a daily basis”

Mairead crying in the dock now as final mitigation speech for Paul Mosley underway. 

April 2013

On 2 April 2013, Mick and Mairead Philpott, along with Paul Mosley, were each found guilty of the manslaughter of the six children.

Mick Philpott and wife Mairead Philpott

Mick Philpott and wife Mairead speak to the media shortly after causing the deaths of six of their children

Paul mosley

Fork lift truck driver Paul Mosley (pic above) Guilty of manslaughter

The Allenton house fire occurred on 11 May 2012 in 18 Victory Road, a residential street in AllentonDerbyDerbyshire. Five children died in the fire, while another later died in hospital. The parents of the children, Mick and Mairead Philpott, were later arrested and charged with murder, along with their friend Paul Mosley. In December 2012 their charges were downgraded to manslaughter. On 2 April 2013, Mick Philpott and Paul Mosley were found guilty by unanimous verdicts, while Mairead Philpott was found guilty by majority verdict.

Mick Philpott, has lived his life off the state benefit handouts for his 17 children and the money his partners earn

A jury found Mick Philpott, 56, guilty of pouring petrol into the hallway of his three-bedroom semi-detached house and starting the fire, only a few hours before he was due to go to court in an increasingly bitter custody battle with his former mistress Lisa Willis, who had moved out three months before, taking their five children with her.

Philpott’s plan, hatched and put into place with his wife Mairead, 31, and Mosley, 46, was to blame Miss Willis for the fire and gain custody of the children. He had made baseless allegations to friends in the weeks before the blaze, claiming she had threatened to burn the house down. It can now be revealed that Miss Willis, who has started a new life and changed the name of the children, escaped lightly.

‘They’ve got nothing on me – just stick to what we’ve said’: Mick Philpott’s boast in secret dossier of undercover police tapes

In one recording, father-of-17 Mick Philpott, who was today found guilty of manslaughter along with his wife, tells her: ‘It’s my fault that half the family’s gone. I should have seen it all coming, duck.’

And in another recording, he tells Mairead in a police van: ‘My brief said that for the judge to do what he’s doing, he’s got to have some big balls because there’s no evidence – they’ve got nothing.

‘There’s no petrol on me, on my trousers, no glass. You know the fireman said he put the window through? I said he f*****g didn’t – I did. We’ve got nothing to worry – just stick by what we’ve said.’

Philpott had a previous conviction in 1978 for attempting to murder a woman who wanted to leave him, whom he stabbed a dozen times.

Philpott crept into the home of Kim after she wrote him a letter ending their relationship. Kim, who was 17 at the time, was in bed when he attacked her, knifing her more than a dozen times, before turning on her mother, Shirley, a nurse.

Philpott, aged 21 at the time of the attack, was convicted of the attempted murder of Hill and of grievous bodily harm (broken arm and finger) to her mother in December 1978. He was sentenced to seven years, with the judge warning that he was a dangerous man.

Kim told how she was just 15 years old when she met Philpott. She was studying at school while he was preparing to begin training in the Army. She said Philpott would often go AWOL from his unit to spend time with her. And she revealed how he was arrested for having sex with a minor and was jailed after being caught with her.

She said: “He got arrested for under age sex with me and that didn’t go down too well. The last time he was caught he was found on the railway lines. “I was with him. They took us to the police station and that’s when they arrested him. He got put into prison in the Army and then he got discharged.”


Mick Philpott with Mairead Philpott (pictured)

Heather was aged 14 when she met Mick Philpott, who was married at the time and aged 37. They met at a fishing lake near her home in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire.

In court, she talked about when they first met. She said: “He was very out going – he spoke to everybody. He came across as quite amusing and charming.” However, she said there were early signs of a dominant side to him.

She said within a year they had started a sexual relationship and were at one time caught in bed together at the home he shared with wife Pamela Lomax and their three children.

The incident in 1996 led to him leaving his wife and taking Miss Kehoe with him to set up home in Victory Road, Allenton, where the Philpott children later died.

By now she was 16 and had gone with Philpott against her parents’ wishes. She had fallen pregnant by September of that year with their first child together, whom they named Mikey.

But Miss Kehoe said things were far from happy – and she described how he pinned her to the floor when she was pregnant.

Miss Kehoe said: “I felt very homesick. I told him I wanted to go home and he just flipped. He told me it wasn’t happening. He put the fear of God into me. I felt I did not have any options (but to stay).”

Asked by Richard Latham QC, the prosecuting barrister, how her relationship was with Philpott, she said it was “like a whirlwind”.


Floral tributes adorn the pavement outside a house in Allenton following the fire which claimed the lives of six children

He would attack her when he did not get his own way and on one occasion got their own son to punch her in the face and kick her following an argument. She said: “Dominant is the right word to describe him. Mick was a Jekyll and Hyde character. He knew what to say to me to make me feel special.”

Mr Latham said: “What about when he was angry?”, Miss Kehoe said: “He would hit me or lash out. He had to have everything his own way. I soon learned what his own way was – he would lash out.”

Mr Latham asked about the two children they had together, Mikey and Aiden. She referred to Mikey as a “daddy’s boy” and said Philpott was disappointed when Aiden was born a boy, rather than the girl he wanted.

She said: “I was not getting pregnant, which didn’t please him.

“He said I was not a real woman as I could not give him the children he wanted. He said I wasn’t half the woman Pam was.”

She said during one argument he threatened to lock her outside, which, she told the court, was a punishment Philpott had given her before. She said: “He called Mikey over and told him to punch me in the face and kick me.”

Such was Philpott’s hold on women that after the fire that killed his children he got his wife to perform a sex act on the third co-conspirator, Mosley, which the crown said was carried out to keep him on side as part of the plot. Philpott had children with five partners, claiming welfare benefits for himself and forcing women in his life to hand over money to him.

He also exploited public sympathy after the fire to try to benefit from money donated for the funerals of the children, Jayden, five, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and 13-year-old Duwayne.

On the night of the fire, neighbours tried to rescue the children from the burning house, but were beaten back by the smoke and flames. When the bodies of the children were carried out of the house by police, Philpott ran forward and had to be restrained.


Philpott also abused the goodwill of the community in Allenton, who raised more than £15,000 to pay for funerals for all six children. He demanded that any money left over should be given to his family in Argos vouchers. He also demanded that hundreds of teddy bears left outside the burnt-out house should be auctioned off and the money given to him. He told one organiser: “Shut up and just get on with it.”

R.I.P Innocent ones

Philpott's children funeral service booklet