Child killer Mairead Philpott to be freed next month after serving just half of 17-year prison sentence

FIRE killer mum Mairead Philpott will be freed next month after serving just half her 17-year jail term.

Philpott, 38 — guilty with hubby Mick over the 2012 blaze that killed their six kids — is “delighted” at being given her earliest possible release date.

Taxpayers will pay thousands for her to stay in a hostel with a new identity after leaving HMP Downview, Surrey.

A source said: “Mairead is pleased as punch. She is not popular. She now calls herself Louise Dunn and the other inmates nicknamed her ‘Dunn a turn’.

“But everyone knows her as Mairead Philpott and she gets a hard time because her crime was so sickening. No wonder she is happy to be getting out.”

The Philpotts burnt down their three-bed council house in Derby, with pal Paul Mosley in a bid to get a bigger home.

But the plan backfired and killed their kids aged five to 13.

David Spencer at the Centre for Crime Prevention said: “The case shocked the country and it will be nothing less than abhorrent that the children’s mother is being released after 8½ years. This is not justice.”

The Prison Service said: “Offenders released on licence face strict conditions and can be returned to prison if they breach them.”

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