Parents deny house fire murders

Knutsford Guardian: The property in Derby where six children were killed in a fire earlier this year The property in Derby where six children were killed in a fire earlier this year

The parents of six children who died when a fire ripped through their home have pleaded not guilty to six counts of murder.

Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday charged with murdering Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and 13-year-old Duwayne.

The children died after the blaze engulfed their semi-detached house in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby, on May 11.

Mick Philpott, wearing a St Christopher, broke down in tears and held his head in his hands as he entered his plea to each of the six charges.

His wife, wearing a cross on a long chain around her neck, was more composed as she also pleaded not guilty, but became tearful during the hour-long hearing.

A second man, who was charged with the six murders on Monday by Derbyshire Police, also appeared in the dock.

Grey-haired Paul Mosley, 45, of Cecil Street, Derby, did not speak during the hearing and stared straight ahead.

The three were flanked by 11 prison officers in the dock, with a line of five sat behind the couple, separating them from Mosley.

The Honourable Mrs Justice Kate Thirwall remanded the three into custody at Nottingham Crown Court.

They will next appear at Birmingham Crown Court at 2pm on November 29.

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