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Derby fire deaths: Paul Mosley will not give evidence

Mairead Philpott (left) and Paul Mosley (right)
Image caption Paul Mosley (right) denies starting the fire in which six children died

A man accused of starting a fire in which six of his friends' children died has chosen to exercise his right of silence and will not give evidence.

Paul Mosley, 46, is accused of six counts of manslaughter, along with the children's parents Mick and Mairead Philpott. They all deny the charges.

The court has heard the fire was a plot to frame Mr Philpott's ex-mistress.

No further evidence is due to be heard. The case was adjourned until Thursday.

During Mick Philpott's evidence, Nottingham Crown Court heard both he and Paul Mosley had sex with Mairead Philpott on the evening of the blaze.

Mrs Philpott told the jury she and her husband had threesomes with co-defendant Paul Mosley on a number of occasions, "to please Mick, to make him happy", including in the hours before the fatal fire.

The trial has also heard that Mrs Philpott performed a sex act on Mr Mosley in the hotel where she and her husband stayed after the blaze.

Closing speeches and summing up of the case are expected to start on Thursday.

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

Mrs Philpott's son from a previous relationship, 13-year-old Duwayne, died later in hospital.

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