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Derby fire deaths: Mick and Mairead Philpott at crown court

  • 1 June 2012
  • From the section Derby
Court sketch of Mick and Mairead Philpott
Image caption The Philpotts' first court appearance was at Derby Magistrates' Court on Thursday

The parents of six children who died in a fire at the family home in Derby have appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.

Mick and Mairead Philpott, aged 55 and 31, are accused of murder following the house fire in Victory Road on 11 May.

Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, died in the blaze. Duwayne, 13, died three days later.

The couple, who did not apply for bail, were remanded into custody until 18 June.

As the names of the children were read out by the prosecution, Mrs Philpott wept.

A number of angry comments were made from the public gallery of the courtroom towards the couple as they were led out of court.

The Philpotts were arrested on Tuesday and charged two days later. They first appeared in court at a short hearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Image caption A small crowd gathered around the vans as they left the court

Detectives have said the investigation is ongoing but they believe the fire was started using petrol close to the front door.

Funeral arrangements for the children have yet to be finalised but authorities at Derby Cathedral have agreed to host a Catholic service.

A charitable trust set up to administer money raised for the funerals said it had raised more than £11,000 but this was "about halfway" towards the expected cost.

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