Court Rejects Mairead Philpott Appeal

Mairead Philpott has lost her appeal over her sentence for the killing of six children in a house fire in Derby.

Mrs Philpott was sentenced to 17 years in jail for manslaughter. Her husband Mick Philpott was jailed for life and a friend, Paul Mosley, was also jailed for 17 years.

Mairead had sought permission to appeal her sentence in a televised hearing at Nottingham Crown Court.

Rejecting her appeal, Lord Chief Justice Sir John Thomas said: "We have after examination of the circumstances and careful consideration of the judge's remarks come to the conclusion without any hesitation that this appeal must be dismissed."

Adding that while there was no doubt Mrs Philpott had been a "loving and caring parent" who had "brought up the children well", the judge said that it was "extremely difficult" to understand why she did not "expose Michael Philpott's lie" during the trial and the extensive period when she was separated from his "controlling influence".

Paul Mosley, who had been due to make the same appeal as Mairead Philpott, withdrew his case. Mick Philpott had made no moves to appeal his sentence.


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