EVIL dad Mick Philpott has reportedly been granted taxpayer-funded legal aid worth £22,000 for him to fight a string of civil cases.
He’s been involved in a series of court battles since he was jailed in April 2013 over the house blaze that killed six of his children, it was claimed today.
The 62-year-old was sentenced to life for deliberately starting the fatal fire at his Derby home in May 2012 in a sick bid to obtain a bigger council house.
Five of his 17 children – Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five – died from smoke inhalation at the scene.
Son Duwayne, 13, died in hospital two days later.
Philpott’s wife Mairead and and co-conspirator Paul Mosley were both handed 17-year jail terms for manslaughter.
LEGAL AID PAYOUTS
According to Daily Star Sunday, Philpott began a civil case in 2012 – which is still ongoing and has so far cost the taxpayer £12,857.
A second case started in 2013 has seen £6,026 paid out in legal aid.
A third case has cost the taxpayer a further £878.67, the paper claims.
Other unspecified legal bids before the fatal fire saw him awarded a further £17,820 in legal aid.
Details of the cases have not been published for legal reasons.
Philpott’s defence during his manslaughter trial cost £171,000.
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Jean Taylor, of Families Fighting for Justice, slammed the payouts as an “insult”.
The charity, which supports more than 1,000 people affected by homicide, has been told that its £23,000-a-year Government funding is being stopped.
She told the Daily Star Sunday: “I’m sickened and appalled that time and again there’s no stop point for when wrongdoers can claim legal aid.
“A man who did what he did is allowed to take £22,000 out of the public purse – yet we’ve been denied £23,000 to help support the most vulnerable.”
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