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Mairead Philpott gets a treat McDonald's meal for her 40th birthday

Mairead Philpott who killed her six children in house fire gets a treat McDonald’s meal for her 40th birthday after being freed from prison

  • Mairead Philpott tucked into £5.19 McChicken sandwich and fries birthday meal 
  • Mairead, who was release from prison in November, also enjoyed pink cake 
  • She was jailed over a 2012 fire in Allenton, Derby, that killed her six children

A woman convicted of the manslaughter of her six children in a horrific house fire has been given a treat McDonalds meal for her 40th birthday after being freed from prison. 

Mairead Philpott tucked into a £5.19 McChicken sandwich and fries meal which was delivered by bicycle to a bail hostel where she is staying in the south of England.

The killer – who was release from prison in November after half her 17-year sentence – also enjoyed a pink birthday cake, The Mirror reports. 

She was jailed over a 2012 fire in Allenton, Derby, that killed Duwayne Philpott, 13, his sister Jade, 10, and brothers Jack, nine, John, eight, Jesse, six and Jayden, five.

Her husband Mick led her and their friend Mosely in a scheme to get a bigger council house by burning down the home and framing ex-lover Lisa Willis.

His intention was to rescue the sleeping children through an upstairs window but it went disastrously wrong and the youngsters all died from smoke inhalation.

 Mairead Philpott was jailed over a 2012 fire in Allenton, Derby, that killed their children. Her husband Mick (pictured together) led her and their friend Mosely in a scheme to get a bigger council house by burning down the home and framing ex-lover Lisa Willis

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

Mick’s intention was to rescue the sleeping children through an upstairs window (the house, pictured) but it went disastrously wrong and the youngsters all died from smoke inhalation 

Mairead was said to be ‘delighted’ at being given her earliest possible release date from HMP Send in Surrey in November. Pictured: The coffins of her children after the blaze

Mick, who had previously been jailed for stabbing his schoolgirl lover 27 times, wove a web of lies trying to get away with the crime. Pictured: The aftermath of the fire

The Philpotts’ devious plan to frame an ex for killing their kids

Mairead and Mick Philpott married in 2003 and shared a cramped three-bedroom council house in Derby with his lover Lisa Willis and their children.

Mick led his wife and accomplice Mosley into a scheme to get a bigger council house by burning down his home and framing Ms Willis for the crime after she walked out on him.

He also hoped to win back custody of his five children who had recently moved out of the home.

His intention was to rescue the sleeping children through an upstairs window but the plan went disastrously wrong after too much petrol was used and the fire burned out of control.

The blaze claimed the lives of Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six and Jayden, five.

Mick – 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 the days that followed the fire, Mick began his elaborate ruse to appear blameless and even appeared at a press conference appealing for information.

During a fortnight of surveillance at the hotel where they were put up by police in May after the fire, the couple were heard whispering about the case, with Mick recorded telling his wife to ‘stick to your story’.

They were charged by police on May 30 in connection with the deaths and Mosley was arrested in the months afterwards, having told a friend the plan had been for him to rescue the children.

Police initially charged the trio with murder but downgraded this to manslaughter because while their actions were sickeningly reckless, the defendants had not intended to kill the six.

However, Mick was found guilty of the horrific crime at a trial in April and sentenced to life behind bars.

The judge described the plot as ‘a wicked and dangerous plan’ that was ‘outside the comprehension of any right-thinking person’. 

Mairead was said to be ‘delighted’ at being given her earliest possible release date from HMP Send in Surrey in November.

She was due to stay at the hostel – which is said to offer yoga and arts classes – for three months before being freed under a new name. She had a 7pm to 7am curfew.

Earlier this month, Mairead was seen enjoying a shopping trip while sporting a new darker hair colour.

She needed help stuffing a grey Peugeot full of items – including wrapping paper – as she left the hostel. 

Pictures show Mairead still has a tattoo to Jayden – who she called ‘miracle baby’ during her trial because he came six weeks premature.

Two of her friends helped her as she left the hostel in boots, leopard-style trousers and an oversized t-shirt.

She covered her face with a blue mask but her new hair was on show and struck a stark change from her former red locks.

A source told The Sun: ‘She is being eased back into life in the community.

‘If she continues to comply with her probation requirements she will be able to slip back into life somewhere largely undetected. She’s very much hoping for a fresh start.’ 

News of her release was slammed by the Centre For Crime Prevention think-tank, which said in November: ‘This is not justice.’

The taxpayer covered the thousands of pounds worth of costs for her to stay in the hostel with a new identity.

Initially, Mairead and Mick Philpott received an outpouring of sympathy, and wept at a press conference as they appealed for help to find the culprits.

But their behaviour later aroused suspicions and the pair were subsequently charged alongside Mosely.

At Mick’s sentencing, the judge described the plot as ‘a wicked and dangerous plan’ that was ‘outside the comprehension of any right-thinking person’.

She said there was ‘no precedent’ for the case, describing it as a ‘uniquely grave set of offences’.

The Philpotts and Mosely were found guilty of manslaughter. Mick was sentenced to life in prison and Mairead and Mosely to 17 years. The killer couple later divorced.

The father-of-seventeen, who married Mairead in 2003, used his children to rake in an astonishing £60,000 a year in benefits.

Mick, who had previously been jailed for stabbing his schoolgirl lover 27 times, wove a web of lies trying to get away with the crime.

He even plotted to ‘get rich quick’ off generous donations from the local community meant to pay for the funerals of his children.

David Spencer at the Centre for Crime Prevention said in November: ‘It makes an absolute mockery of the UK’s criminal justice system.

‘She has served barely more than a year for each of the six innocent lives she callously took away.’

Duwayne Philpott, 13, died in a special burns unit in Birmingham. Family liaison officers had to persuade Mick to go visit his dying son 



From left to right: Jade, ten, John, nine and Jack Philpott all died in the fire from smoke inhalation 


Jess Philpott, six, left, and Jayden Philpott, five, were the two youngest of the Philpott children to die in the fire 

Mairead and Mick roused the suspicions of journalists and investigators with their ‘crocodile tears during a press conference about the blaze in May 2012


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Paul Mosley, 54, was jailed for 17 years in 2013 for the manslaughter of six innocent children

The horrific scene inside the property where the fire was started and killed six children

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