Fireman speaks at Philpott trial

Ilkeston firefighter Christopher Timons outside Philpotts trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Ilkeston firefighter Christopher Timons outside Philpotts trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

An Ilkeston fireman, who was at the scene of a blaze in Derby which killed seven siblings last year, has given evidence at a high profile manslaughter trial.

Christopher Timons told Nottingham Crown Court last week that his crew were called to the home of Mick and Mairead Philpott in Allenton on May 11 but by the time they arrived the flames were out.

He said his role was to act as a liaison between Mick Philpott, who by now had been taken inside a neighbour’s house across the road, and the firefighters still at the scene.

“A police officer, Pc Steele, was relaying information to me from Mr Philpott about which children were supposed to be in which bedrooms,” he said.

“There was some confusion because the six-year-old was called Jesse and we were not sure if this was a boy or a girl so the firefighters searched inside the house longer than they maybe should have.”

The Philpotts and Paul Mosley, 45, have pleaded not guilty to six separate counts of manslaughter.