Exactly nine years previously, Mick Philpott and his beaming bride Mairead stood side by side as they posed for their wedding photographs.
Yesterday they stood side by side once more, but this time they were in the dock accused of killing their six children in an arson attack.
In a crowded courtroom, they were branded ‘scum’ and ‘b******s’ by a woman screaming abuse from the public gallery.
Then they were led handcuffed to the cells and remanded in custody as detectives continued to piece together how and why the youngsters came to die at their home.
The Philpotts are jointly charged with killing five of their children on May 11, when Jade, ten, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, all perished in the fire. The sixth name on the charge was Duwayne, 13, who died two days later in hospital.
Mairead, 31, had all those names tattooed on her right arm as she stood in the dock in a sleeveless white summer dress.
Mick Philpott, 55, shook his head from side to side when the charges were read. He leaned forward to blow a kiss to one of his relatives and mouthed an obscenity at detectives before leaving the court.
Three weeks ago he had been hailed as a hero credited with ‘valiant’ attempts to save the children as fire swept through the three-bedroom council house in Allenton, Derby. Read More