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Philpott's father: Why should she get another chance?

Jim Duffy, Mairead Philpott's father, told reporters that he was happy his daughter's appeal for a reduction of her 17-year sentence was rejected and described today's hearing as "a waste of money'.

She should have just got on with the sentence she got. Those children got no chance of appeal - why should she have got a chance?

She may have been dominated but at the end of the day she was the children's mother.

...She's my daughter, there's love there but I'll never forgive her for as long as I live for what she has done.

– Mairead Philpott's father

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Mairead Philpott's barrister says she was 'subordinate'

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In essence Smith is arguing that Mairead Philpott had little choice in her role in this crime. She was "subordinate" to Mick

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the trial judge "didn't take into account the domineering nature" of Mick Philpott

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"we are asking you to do something that we know will not find favour at all" says Smith about appeal to reduce Mairead Philpott's sentence

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Mairead Philpott was 'particularly vulnerable'

Mairead Philpott's barrister told Nottingham Crown Court she was "particularly vulnerable."

She was, we respectfully submit, particularly vulnerable to a man like Michael Philpott...he was 24 years her senior and specialised in taking advantage of young girls who had no family support and low self-esteem.

– Shaun Smith QC

Read: Case about 'psychopath who could manipulate women'

Case about 'psychopath who could manipulate women'

Shaun Smith QC represents Mairead Philpott in today's televised appeal at Nottingham Crown Court.

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"this is a case about a psychopath who could manipulate women" says Smith reading from an article about Mick Philpott

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Appeal grounds relate to Mairead's relationship with Mick Philpott. He was in "control" of her and dependent on him

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the trial judge "didn't take into account the domineering nature" of Mick Philpott

Read: Landmark moment for courts as ban on filming is lifted

Mairead Philpott sentence appeal hearing begins

Mairead Philpott's renewed application to challenge the length of her 17-year jail term has begun in a live TV hearing at Nottingham Crown Court - the first British televised court hearing of its kind outside London.

Read: Landmark moment for courts as ban on filming is lifted

Mairead Philpott's renewed application to challenge the length of her 17-year jail term has begun in a live TV hearing Credit: Pool

Read: Philpott TV hearing will be 'landmark day for justice'

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