17/12/2012 11:07 GMT | Updated 17/12/2012 12:00 GMT

Mick And Mairead Philpott, Couple Accused Of Killing Six Children In Derby House Fire, Deny Manslaughter

A couple accused of killing their six children in a house fire have denied charges of manslaughter.

Mick and Mairead Philpott, from Derby, both pleaded not guilty to six separate counts of manslaughter when they appeared at Birmingham Crown Court via video-link.

A third defendant, 45-year-old Paul Mosley, appeared in the dock at the same hearing and also entered not guilty pleas to the unlawful killing of the children.

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Mick Philpott and wife Mairead speak to the media at Derby Conference Centre

Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, all died in a blaze at their parents' semi-detached house in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby, on May 11.

Duwayne, aged 13, died later in hospital.

Mick Philpott, 55, Mairead Philpott, 31, and Mosley, of Cecil Street, Derby, are expected to face trial in February.

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