The Philpotts' accomplice: Sidekick Paul Mosley shared women, drugs and plotted the fire alongside his best friend Mick

  • Paul Mosley had a sordid threesome with Philpott on his wife hours before the fatal blaze
  • He was first in court aged 15 when he attacked an old lady in her home after befriending her on his paper round
  • Mosley known as 'Shakey' after cowering in doors shaking during a fight

By Paul Bentley and Andy Dolan

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Guilty: Paul Mosley helped plot the fire which killed six of Mick Philpott's children

Guilty: Paul Mosley helped plot the fire which killed six of Mick Philpott's children

He is Mick Philpott’s best friend and sidekick, with whom he shared women, drugs, and plotted the fire which killed six helpless children.

But Paul Mosley has a violent criminal history in his own right and has a violent past of his own.

Mosley - or Shakey, as he is known to friends –  was yesterday found guilty of six counts of manslaughter after Nottingham Crown Court heard he helped Philpott set the fatal house fire before fleeing the scene when police were called.

He was convicted after jurors heard officers found incriminating traces of petrol on his clothes from the night of the fire, which he had spent at the Philpott’s home. No petrol container was ever found because it is believed to have been handed from Philpott to Mosley through a front window before the fire was set.

Hours earlier he had a sordid threesome with the married couple and was, days later, taped receiving a sex act from Mrs Philpott in an attempt to keep him ‘onside’.

Mosley first faced a court in 1982 after, aged 15, he locked an old lady he had befriended in her cellar in order to steal £82 from her purse.

He was ordered to be detained for three years after he confessed that he had targeted 74-year-old widow Annabel Greenwood, one of the customers on his newspaper round.

He picked her up and manhandled her into the basement before ransacking her purse. He fled Derby by train but was arrested the next day in West Yorkshire after Mrs Greenwood managed to attract the attention of a delivery driver.

She died a year and a day after the robbery, from heart failure.

Marie Cope, Mrs Greenwood’s only child, said Mosley regularly ran errands for her mother, who suffered with arthritis.

Mrs Cope, 72, from Newmarket, Suffolk, said: ‘She was used to letting him in and used to give him money so he knew where her purse was. She was shocked when he turned on her and robbed her because she had trusted him.

 

‘He just lifted her up and put her in the cellar.’

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Convicted: Paul Mosley, right, sits in the dock with Mick and Mairead Philpott yesterday as the jury return their guilty verdicts

Convicted: Paul Mosley, right, sits in the dock with Mick and Mairead Philpott yesterday as the jury return their guilty verdicts

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In the following years, Mosley gained the nickname ‘Shakey’ – after he became scared during a fight and cowered indoors, shaking uncontrollably.

He was seen crying at the children’s funeral and attended the Philpotts’ first court hearing after they were charged with killing their children.

After he was first arrested in June, he bragged of being on bail for the deaths of the children. He was rearrested in November, after petrol was discovered on his clothes and a relative reported him talking of ‘rehearsing’ the blaze six weeks before it happened.

Mosley, who was friends with the Philpotts for 15 years and saw them almost every day, turned on Mick as he faced trial for killing the children.

Drug-taking layabout: Philpott with six of the children he killed after starting the fire at his home

Drug-taking layabout: Philpott with six of the children he killed after starting the fire at his home

Plot: Mosley helped Philpott plan the fire which killed six of his innocent children when the blaze ripped through the family home

Plot: Mosley helped Philpott plan the fire which killed six of his innocent children when the blaze ripped through the family home

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Co-conspirators: Mick and Mairead Philpott appeared at a press conference (left) in a tearful ruse to appeal for information after the fire last year

Co-conspirators: Mick and Mairead Philpott appeared at a press conference (left) in a tearful ruse to appeal for information after the fire last year

 

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Clearly a horrible man. But, sorry, what drugs? There are references to it in the headline, but not the story, surely if it is of major importance to be in the headline it fits that you'll expand on it. If you have a story to tell DM, please actually TELL IT. If it's speculation, leave it at that and don't print it.

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3 Adults sharing a house with all those kids ?? Surely Social Services should have known & got involved. This is NOT normal by any degree. All those benefits ?? Who the hell authorised them with all this money without checking this lot out ?? They all need to hang, no question. I have never ever earnt that sort of money in my life, but I only had 2 kids.

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The sentence amounts to little more than 2 years per child, its disgusting! The PM should have the power to override such a sentence, the sentence should have been LIFE on all counts IMO- to serve exactly that LIFE! I'm sure he will be given a private room in prison with all the mod cons, full course meals cooked and served to him and in mates xmas parties organised with entertainment paid for courtesy of the tax payers. Oh and not to mention the shopping trips under supervision they will get to go on to buy their designer clothes- While us struggling along to make ends meet struggle to afford the gas to even cook a damn chicken! Its how it is and makes me sick having to scrape for my kids bus fare while these low lifes are getting everything they NEED for a comfortable life even after comiting such a terrible crimes.

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why was 3 adults and 12 children allowed to overcrowd a 3 bedroom house? was the social services aware of his violent past plus their sordid life style? it appears the only thing they did was to give them more money to keep them in luxury that no man or woman working could afford but that is the trouble with the country take it from the workers to give to the shirkers ignoring those in need they don't matter.

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Paulus Staffs-There are also people like this living in their own properties dealing drugs, committing crime etc. Just because people live on council estates doesn`t make them bad people. I have some amazing friends who live on council estates and they are honest hard working people. Some very privileged people lack basic human morals so it`s pretty stupid to make such a blinkered observation. Just a shame the children were part of this horrible set up.

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They all look the same - pallid skin and no teeth. Oxygen thieves, the lot of them! - ChrisC, Peterborough, 3/4/2013 16:56**************** I hope that is not aimed at the kids young man!

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I wish the "friends and family" would just shut up and stay away from the media. We all know by now that you're desperate to distance yourselves.

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There are too many people like this languishing on council estates across the country.

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I hope they are put into 'General Population' when in prison and not segregated into protective care, it will save us a fortune in keeping them for life as I think it will be a very short life!

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This bloke must rue the day he met up with this pair - getting the ride off some minging woman with no morals, with her "husbands" permission, leads to what I can only guess, will be at least 10 years behind bars - ridiculous people with ridiculous lives.

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