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House fire: Couple found guilty of manslaughter of 6 children

Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead have been found guilty

File photo dated 16/5/2012 of Mick Philpott and wife Mairead
File photo dated 16/5/2012 of Mick Philpott and wife Mairead
Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A COUPLE HAVE been found guilty of the manslaughter of six children who died in a house fire in Derby, UK, last year.

Sky News reports that husband and wife Mick and Mairead Philpott were found guilty of the charge in Nottingham Crown Court today. Following an “outburst” in the public gallery, the court has been temporarily cleared.

In December, it was announced that the couple would face downgraded charges of manslaughter, and not murder. They denied all charges against them.

Five of the children – Jayden aged 5, Jessie aged 6, Jack aged 8, John aged 9, and Jade aged 10 –  died in the fire in the early hours of 11 May. The sixth child, 13-year-old Dwayne, died in hospital two days later.

Paul Mosley, a friend of the couple, was also convicted, said Sky News. The fire is believed to have been started using petrol.

Read: Charges against Philpotts over deadly fire downgraded to manslaughter>

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