Mick Philpott wrote to a friend about how he and his wife would "rape each other" after being cleared of starting the blaze that killed six of his children.

On Thursday, Philpott, known as Shameless Mick, and his wife Mairead will be jailed after being convicted of manslaughter.

In the aftermath of the fire that tore through their Derby council home on May 11 last year, the 56-year-old father of 17 wrote to a friend that he and his 32-year-old wife would be freed and "get pissed".

Then after spending a day at his victims' graves, he and his wife would "rape each other", he wrote to friend Mick Russell last July while remanded in custody.

Philpott, who had previously been jailed for seven years for repeatedly stabbing a girlfriend and attacking her mother, says in the four-page letter: "God, when we are free, which we will be, we're all going to get pissed."

In the letter, reported widely on Thursday, he insists the couple are innocent and adds: "But me and my darling beloved wife, the most important thing that we will do when this happens is to spend the whole day with our babies, at the graveside.

"We don't care if it's raining, gale force winds, snowing, I'm going straight up there.

"Then we shall probably, no, we will, rape each other... then we can all celebrate our freedom as long as they get the bastards."

He goes on: "All we care about is justice for our beautiful angels. They are keeping us so strong together .

"We will walk free and this will cost them coppers some money.

"I can't believe we are in these hell holes but you know me I'm f****** strong and I promise you both me and my beautiful wife are going to stay strong. We will walk free.

"What the hell are they doing? We all know who's done this.

"Them dirty bastards took away our pride and joys, they took away our most precious sweet beautiful baby angels.

"They've taken everything me and Mairead dreamed of and made real."

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    Mick Philpott and wife Mairead speak to the media at Derby Conference Centre, Derby following a fire at their home last week which claimed the lives of six of his children.

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    File photo dated 14/3/2006 of Mick Philpott who was today found guilty of manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court over the house fire in Derby which killed his six children.

  • The six young Philpott children that perished in the house fire.

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    A prison van believed to contain Mick Philpott arrives at Nottingham Crown Court, Nottingham.

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    A prison van believed to contain Mick Philpott arrives at Nottingham Crown Court, Nottingham.

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    Court drawing of Mick Philpott (left)in the witness box at Nottingham Crown Court where he is accused of killing his six children in a house fire.

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    Court drawing of Mick Philpott (left)in the witness box at Nottingham Crown Court where he is accused of killing his six children in a house fire.

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    Mick Philpott (second from left) and wife Mairead (second from right) appear at Nottingham Crown Court along with Paul Mosley (right) ahead of their trial for the manslaughter of their six children in a house fire in Allenton, Derby.

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    Court drawing of Mick Philpott in the witness box at Nottingham Crown Court where he is accused of killing his six children in a house fire.

  • House fire in Allenton

    Court drawing of Mick Philpott in the witness box at Nottingham Crown Court where he is accused of killing his six children in a house fire.

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    File photo dated 11/05/12 of a view of the scene in Allenton, Derby following a house fire which killed six children. Mick Philpott was today found guilty of manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court over the house fire in Derby which killed his six children.

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    File photo dated 16/5/2012 of Mick Philpott and wife Mairead speak to the media at Derby Conference Centre, Derby following a fire at their home last week which claimed the lives of six of his children. The pair were today found guilty of manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court over the house fire in Derby which killed the children.

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    File photo dated 16/5/2012 of Mick Philpott and wife Mairead speak to the media at Derby Conference Centre, Derby following a fire at their home last week which claimed the lives of six of his children. The pair were today found guilty of manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court over the house fire in Derby which killed the children.

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    The funeral cortege of the Philpott children on the way to St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby.

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    File photo dated 22/6/2012 of the funeral cortege of the Philpott children arrive at St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby following a house fire which claimed their lives.

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    A mourner throws flower petals as coffins leave the funeral service of the Philpott children held at St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby.

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    The funeral cortege of the Philpott children arrive at St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby.

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    The funeral cortege of the Philpott children arrive at St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby.

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    Mick Philpott's sons Richard (left) and Mickey carry their sister Jade's coffin after funeral service at St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby of the six youngsters that died in a house fire.

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    The funeral cortege of the Philpott children on the way to St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby.

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    The funeral cortege of the Philpott children on the way to St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby.

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    The funeral cortege of the Philpott children arrive at St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby.

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    The funeral cortege of the Philpott children arrive at St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby.

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    The funeral cortege of the Philpott children arrive at St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby.