Evil dad Mick Philpott ‘granted £22,000 taxpayer-funded legal aid for series of civil court battles’ since house blaze killed six of his children

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.

Mick Philpott and wife Mairead during a police press conference where they lied about starting the fire at their Derby home that killed six children
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Philpott, 62, has been fighting a series of taxpayer-funded legal battles since he was jailed for life, it’s been claimed
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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.

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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