“He just wanted a house full of kids and the benefit money that brings.”

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From the UK, A warning of the dangers of making benefits a life style choice and incentivising breeding on a benefit.

Until 3 months ago Michael Philpott shared his cramped three-bedroom semi-detached home with his wife, mistress and all 11 children he had with both women. He also fathered five other children from two other women.

Philpott and his wife Mairead and are charged with deliberately starting a fire that killed their remaining six Children after the mistress left taking her children and depriving him of the associated benefit money. The motive being to frame his ex girlfriend to get back custody of the children.

The prosecution opened with: “He just wanted a house full of kids and the benefit money that brings.”:

A father killed six of his children in a house fire that was part of a ‘plan’ to frame his former mistress, a court heard yesterday.

Michael Philpott, 56, is accused of hatching a plot to set up Lisa Willis, 28, just hours before he was due to contest her application for custody of their five children in court.

Prosecutor Richard Latham QC said: ‘Michael Philpott did not want to work. He just wanted a house full of kids and the benefit money that brings. 

‘We say this was a plan that went horribly wrong and resulted in total tragedy.’

The petrol-fuelled blaze broke out in the hallway of the home where Philpott lived with wife Mairead, 31, and their own six children – all of whom perished as they slept.

The court heard that until three months before the blaze last May, ‘highly controlling’ Philpott shared his cramped three-bedroom semi-detached home with his wife, mistress and all 11 children he had with both women.

The court heard he also fathered five other children from two other women.

Philpott, his wife, and his friend Paul Mosley, 45, who the court heard had visited the house earlier that evening, are charged with manslaughter of the Philpotts’ children Duwyane, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, on the basis that they took part in a ‘joint enterprise’ to frame Miss Willis.

The court heard that in the days after the fire, Mosley visited the couple while they were being housed in a hotel by police.

The room had been bugged by police and Philpott watched as his wife performed a sex act on Mosley. Afterwards he praised his wife after acknowledging that she did not want to perform the act.

Mr Latham told the jury they ‘may conclude’ the sexual favour was carried out to keep Mosley ‘onside’.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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