30 November 2020 12:40
A mother who killed her six children in a fire has taken her first steps of freedom after being released from less than halfway through her 17-year prison sentence. Mairead Philpott was said to be 'delighted' at being given her earliest possible release date from HMP Send in Surrey. The 38-year-old, who killed her children after burning down the family home in Derby in 2012, was driven in an Audi Q3 as part of a convoy to a halfway house. Mairead Philpott, who killed her children after burning down the family home in Derby in 2012, was seen arriving at a halfway house after she was released from prison less than halfway through her sentence News of her imminent release was slammed by the Centre For Crime Prevention think-tank, which said: 'This is not justice.' Mairead Philpott (pictured with husband Mick) is set to be released next month after serving just half of her 17-year jail term Mick Philpott led Mairead and the couple's friend Mosely in what was a scheme to get a bigger council house by burning down his Derby home and framing ex-lover Lisa Willis for the crime. His intention was to rescue the sleeping children through an upstairs window but the plan went disastrously wrong and the blaze claimed the lives of Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five.
At Mick Philpott's sentencing, the judge described the plot as 'a wicked and dangerous plan' that was 'outside the comprehension of any right-thinking person'. Mick was sentenced to life in prison and Mairead and Mosely to 17 years. 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. In October, it emerged that Mick Philpott didn't want to visit his son, 13, on his deathbed as the teenager battled injuries from the fire started by his father. Revealing the harrowing detail for the first time in Channel 5's 5 Mistakes That Caught A Killer retired Detective Superintendent Paul Callum, who helped lead the investigation said Philpott had to be convinced by support officers to visit dying son Duwayne.
Philpott was equally as inappropriate when he visited the Derby mortuary to formally identified his dead children. From left to right: Jade, ten, John, nine and Jack Philpott all died in the fire from smoke inhalation The family friend said he was more upset about the death of the children than his pal appeared to be. The documentary lists the four others, starting by the press conference which was given by Mick and Mairead after the fire, and which was deemed disingenuous by many. Local reporter Martin Naylor, who was at the press conference for the Derby Telegraph, said that all journalists present could tell the couple's grief was 'crocodile tears,' as they dabbed their dry eyes with tissues. 'After the press conference we were getting calls from everybody saying: "It's obvious it's Mick and Mairead, why are you not arresting him",' he added.
Philpott, along with husband Mick and friend Paul Mosley, burnt down the family's three-bedroom council house in Victory Road in 2012 in a bid to get a bigger home. The couple's six children - Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five - died from smoke inhalation as a result of the blaze. A mother who killed six of her children has been released from prison after serving just half of her 17-year sentence. Mairead Philpott, then aged 32, was jailed for manslaughter in April 2013, over the deaths of the children in an arson attack. She, her husband and their friend Paul Mosley started the blaze in their Derby home in May 2012 in a bid to frame Mick's former girlfriend Lisa Willis. But after starting the fire with petrol, the Philpotts were unable to rescue their children from the flames in time. Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, all died in the petrol-fuelled blaze, while Duwayne, 13, died in hospital three days later. The Philpotts appeared at a news conference five days later, in which they both sobbed, while Mick expressed disbelief at the deaths and thanked fire crews. Mairead Philpott and her husband Mick A mother who killed six of her children in an arson attack has been freed after serving half of her 17-year jail term. Her husband Mick Philpott was jailed for life with a minimum term of 15 years after starting the fire at the couple's home in Allenton, Derby, on May 11 2012. Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, all died in the fire, while Duwayne, 13, died in hospital three days later. The Philpotts appeared at a news conference five days after the blaze, in which they both sobbed, while Mick expressed disbelief at the deaths and thanked fire crews. A trial at Nottingham Crown Court was told Mick Philpott was the "driving force" behind the plot to start the house fire, and had intended to frame a former partner. The judge told Mairead, who was ordered to serve half of her sentence before release, that she believed her grief was real but she should not have put her husband first. Mairead beside Mick Philpott at a press conference days after the fire (Rui Vieira/PA) "Eight-and-a-half years in jail amounts to her serving less than 18 months for each of those poor children.