Share Mikey Philpott, 20 pictured , has claimed he was sexually abused by his stepmother Mairead Mairead Philpott pictured is said to have had sex with year-old Mikey on more than a dozen occasions Convicted child killers: Mairead and Mick Philpott were convicted of manslaughter 'I knew what was happening was wrong,' he told the Sunday Mirror. I was a year-old boy, my hormones took over. Often he would miss school altogether to stay at home with Mairead.
I feel full of shame. It's only when I look back that I realise I was a vulnerable teenager looking for affection and she was a grown woman who manipulated me. He insisted he was not trying excuse his father but wanted to reveal what Mairead was truly like. Mikey was abused in the Philpott family house pictured on Victory Road, Derby The property was demolished in the wake of the house fire, which gutted the two-storey home 'She's not the innocent people think she is,' he said.
In May a fire broke out at Philpott's home in Allenton, Derby, killing six youngsters, all but one of whom he had fathered. Five of the children - Jade, 10, John, 9, Jack, 7, Jesse, 6 and Jayden Philpott, 5, who had been asleep upstairs - died at the scene.
Their half-brother, Duwayne Philpott, 13, died in hospital three days later. All of the deaths were caused by excessive smoke inhalation Philpott and his wife Mairead were jailed along with their friend Paul Mosley in April for manslaughter after it was found at Nottingham Crown Court they had started the fire. The couple had previously staged a tearful press conference appealing for help to find the children's killers.
They had also gained notoriety for relying on the welfare system to fund their lifestyle. Mikey revealed that on day of the funeral he was told his father wasn't allowed to attend Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, 9, Jack 8, Jesse, 6, and Jayden, 5, all died in the blaze started by Mick Philpott and Mairead Twisted Philpott was convicted of causing the deaths of six children by arson and sentenced to life imprisonment for their manslaughter, with a minimum of 15 years' imprisonment.
Mairead and Mosely were told they would serve half of their year sentence. In the wake of the his father's arson attack, Mikey moved away from Derby. Now he rarely leaves the flat he shares with his year-old girlfriend in Lincolnshire. He is doubly sure he will never return after receiving death threats online because of his decision to support his father. And he knows these new claims with do nothing but fan the flames.
Years on Mikey remains convinced his father was blamed for too much of the crime. But it is no surprise he clings to what family he has left. He no longer has contact with his real mum or other siblings. Mikey's troubled childhood left him a vulnerable young man, open to abuse and haunted by his memories. The Philpott's devious plan to frame an ex for killing their kids The Philpotts married in and shared a cramped three-bedroom council house in Derby with his lover Lisa Willis and their children.
Philpott led his wife and accomplice Mosley into a scheme to get a bigger council house by burning down his home and framing Ms Willis for the crime after she walked out on him. He also hoped to win back custody of his five children who had recently moved out of the home. His intention was to rescue the sleeping children through an upstairs window but the plan went disastrously wrong after too much petrol was used and the fire burned out of control.
Philpott, who had previously been jailed for stabbing his schoolgirl lover 27 times, wove a web of lies trying to get away with the crime and even plotted to 'get rich quick' off generous donations from the local community meant to pay for the funerals of his children.
The couple wept at a press conference as they appealed for help to find the killer or killers. The coffins bearing the bodies of six children who died in the fire they started In the days that followed the fire, Philpott began his elaborate ruse to appear blameless and even appeared at a press conference appealing for information. During a fortnight of surveillance at the hotel where they were put up by police in May after the fire, the couple were heard whispering about the case, with Philpott recorded telling his wife to 'stick to your story'.
They were charged by police on May 30 in connection with the deaths and Mosley was arrested in the months afterwards, having told a friend the plan had been for him to rescue the children. Police initially charged the trio with murder but downgraded this to manslaughter because while their actions were sickeningly reckless, the defendants had not intended to kill the six.
However, he was found guilty of the horrific crime at a trial in April and sentenced to life behind bars. The judge described the plot as 'a wicked and dangerous plan' that was 'outside the comprehension of any right-thinking person'.