On May 11, 2012, a house fire in Derby resulted in the death of six children. The grieving parents, Mick and Mairead Philpott, appeared on TV apparently heartbroken. On May 29, 2012 the parents were arrested on suspicion of murder.
As we reported on WhereButTheUK in May 2012, "The Philpott children Jade, 10, brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, all died in the house fire in the family's Derby home. Brother, Duwayne, 13, died three days later in hospital from his injuries".
A trial, for manslaughter, is currently underway at Nottingham Crown Court in the UK.
SkyNews is following the trial with live updates. Here are some of today's by way of twitter feeds,
The six children were all asleep upstairs in the house when the fire started. Petrol was found below the letterbox which initially pointed to an arson attack by person or persons outside of the home. Police no believe the fire was started in the hallway. The parents appeared on UK TV news channels seemingly shattered and heartbroken but they just did not ring true.
Some people in the UK may have heard of the Philpotts pre this tragedy. According to the BBC, "The family attracted attention in 2006 when Mr Philpott asked the council for a larger house to accommodate his wife, girlfriend and 14 children. In 2007, former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe spent a week living with the family as part of an ITV documentary and Mr Philpott also appeared on the Jeremy Kyle Show."
Until February 2012 Philpott, 56, his 31-year-old wife Mairead, his mistress Lisa Willis, 28, and 11 children all lived in the same house together. You can read more on the strange shenanigans of the 'love triangle' here at the Daily Record.
The court is now looking at a 'whodunnit' with a few possible suspects.
The trial must now run its course. We will report on the outcome in time.