Following conclusion of the trial and subsequent sentencing of Mick and Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “The reality, and absolute tragedy, is that six young lives were snuffed out pointlessly. Today many people are rightly saying justice has been done, but heartbreakingly even justice will never bring back those six children whose futures were wiped out by the very people supposed to protect them from harm.
“Often, even in the darkest of hours, something brings back hope. In this instance the dignity and bravery of those most affected will long be with me. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the members of the Allenton Community who pulled together and supported each other through the most distressing of times; the people who came forward as witnesses seeking justice for the most heinous of crimes; and the family members who spoke out in search of the truth.
“We must not forget the people whose job it is to deal with incidents such as this. The commitment and professionalism of the police, and indeed all the emergency services, has been quite simply exceptional, despite the shocking circumstances in which they found themselves working. Then too, I should recognise the work of the criminal justice agencies who helped to bring the case to court and on to a guilty verdict. None of the work on this case was an easy task.
“Mick Philpott is a highly manipulative individual who believed that normal rules didn’t apply to him. Now perhaps he is finding that they do.
“However, with no parameters, no shame and no values, he simply used and abused everything and everyone he came into contact with. He paid no heed to the consequences of his actions, which were, eventually, the most disastrous of consequences imaginable. A man of pure evil, he took others on his journey of destruction and the price was horrendously high.
“Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden lost their lives as a result of his actions – they must not be forgotten.”
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Posted on Thursday 4th April 2013