WHY ME?

Killer fa­ther Philpott bleats about hard life from in­side prison cell

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by JOE HINTON sun­day@dai­lystar.co.uk

EVIL Mick Philpott has whined about be­ing locked up for killing six of his kids.

The 62-year-old has writ­ten a let­ter from prison in which he de­nies re­spon­si­bil­ity for the house blaze which killed them.

In the note penned in­side HMP Wake­field the killer dad says he “can’t be­lieve I’m still here”.

Philpott claims he was dev­as­tated by the loss of his chil­dren, and says his “heart and soul have been com­pletely ripped out”.

He adds: “I’m com­pletely in­no­cent. My ba­bies are my whole world, my life.”

And he blames a neigh­bour for the 2012 atroc­ity – de­spite be­ing con­victed of six counts of man­slaugh­ter af­ter set­ting fire to his home in a bid to get a big­ger coun­cil house.

Philpott says he strug­gles with his men­tal health, and writes of how he wishes God would take his life so he can be with his chil­dren once more. He moans: “God my ba­bies, why not me, they never hurt any­body, they gave so much love, joy, hap­pi­ness and laugh­ter.”

The let­ter also re­veals that Philpott – who had 17 chil­dren by five dif­fer­ent women – is in­struct­ing solic­i­tors to look at whether he can ap­peal against his life sen­tence.

He says his new lawyers be­lieve there is foren­sic ev­i­dence that would clear him.

He writes: “There was NO flammable liq­uids or residues on my clothes or train­ers and like me they can’t un­der­stand why they was not used in court, plus other ma­te­rial that backs my case.”

Five of Philpott’s chil­dren – Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jay­den, five – died in the fire on May 11, 2012, which Philpott set with wife Mairead in the hope of get­ting a big­ger home. Their half-brother, Duwayne Philpott, 13, died in hospi­tal two days later.

Philpott, Mairead and pal Paul Mosley were all con­victed of man­slaugh­ter in April 2013.

Sen­tenc­ing them, Mrs Jus­tice Thirl­wall said: “You have each been con­victed of six counts of man­slaugh­ter. Each count rep­re­sents the death of a child. They ranged in age from five to 13.

“All three of you are re­spon­si­ble for the de­lib­er­ate set­ting of that fire. All three of you are re­spon­si­ble for those deaths. I have not the slight­est doubt that you, Michael Philpott, were the driv­ing force be­hind this shock­ingly dan­ger­ous en­ter­prise.”

Mairead, 36, and Mosley were both jailed for 17 years for their part in the atroc­ity. Like Philpott, his wife also re­fuses to ad­mit her guilt.

In a let­ter to a pen pal from be­hind bars ex­posed this sum­mer, she wrote: “If I’d not have met him my ba­bies would still be with me and I wouldn’t be sat here.”

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