House fire trial dad Mick Philpott ‘had a plan’, court told

FILE PICTURE - Linked to todays trial at Nottingham Crown Court involving Mick and Mairead Philpott.  General views of 18 Victory Road in Allenton, Derby as floral tributes continue to arrive outside the home of the Philpott family. Mick Philpott the father of six children that died following a house fire at their home today spoke to the media with Mairead Philpott following the tragic incident.  Police are treating the incident as 'suspicious'. Wednesday, 16 May, 2012.  Pictures: Adam Gerrard / Newsteam

FILE PICTURE - Linked to todays trial at Nottingham Crown Court involving Mick and Mairead Philpott. General views of 18 Victory Road in Allenton, Derby as floral tributes continue to arrive outside the home of the Philpott family. Mick Philpott the father of six children that died following a house fire at their home today spoke to the media with Mairead Philpott following the tragic incident. Police are treating the incident as 'suspicious'. Wednesday, 16 May, 2012. Pictures: Adam Gerrard / Newsteam

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A BAR worker told a manslaughter trial that two days before a tragic fire that killed six children Michael Philpott told her he had ‘a plan.’

He was rubbing his hands together, said Charlotte Bright at Nottingham Crown Court.

The prosecution claim that former Mansfield man and father-of-17 Philpott planned to start a fire at his home in Derby then frame his former mistress Lisa Willis for it.

They were in the middle of a custody battle over the four children she had by him.

But the plan went terribly wrong and Philpott’s six children with his wife Mairead were not led to safety as intended, it is claimed.

The witness said she was one of a group of mothers who used to gather outside school. Philpott used to take her son to school on his minibus run.

The witness said Philpott told her he had been threatened. She recalled something along the lines of ‘we are going to bomb your house.’

The jury have already heard Willis deny making a phone call to Philpott saying ‘Leave me, my sister and my family alone, or I will kill you.’

Earlier, a social worker gave evidence of a long telephone conversation she had with Philpott.

He told her he was scared of Willis because she was violent to him.

Willis had once broken his nose when they were messing about.

He told the witness: “I never thought she would turn out to be the evilest person in the world.”

Philpott (56) his wife Mairead (31) and his friend Paul Mosley (46) plead not guilty to six counts of manslaughter. The trial continues.