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Philpott wife plans sentence appeal

A mother jailed for 17 years for killing her six children in a house fire is to appeal against the length of her sentence, her lawyer said today.

Mick Philpott and wife Mairead speak to the media. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Mairead Philpott, 32, was jailed alongside her husband Mick Philpott at Nottingham Crown Court last month after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Jade Philpott and her brothers John, Jack, Jesse, Jayden and Duwayne.

Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, defence barrister Shaun Smith QC said of her jail-term: "We think it was too long and we are going to the Court of Appeal to see whether or not we can persuade the Court of Appeal to reduce the sentence.

"She was instrumental in killing six children, but we feel as though her role in the killing of the six children was not as substantial as the trial judge has assessed".

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Derby house fire parents will not attend funerals of their six children

Mairead and Mick Philpott pictured at a press conference on May 16th. Credit: PA

Mick and Mairead Philpott will not be attending the funeral of their six children who they are accused of murdering.

The Prison Service has not confirmed whether Mr and Mrs Philpott applied for leave to attend the funeral, but said a risk assessment would be carried out if an application was made.

A spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on the movements of individual prisoners."Prisoners can apply for escorted visits to attend the funeral of a close relative, but it will always be subject to a strict risk assessment."