Mairead Philpott ‘to be freed next month halfway through 17-year sentence’

Child killer Mairead Philpott is to be freed next month after serving half of her 17-year prison sentence, it has been reported.

The 38-year-old is in jail after being found guilty, with husband Mick Philpott, of starting a fire which killed their six children.

A source said she “gets a hard time” in jail because of the crime she was found guilty of.

Philpott, who reportedly has a new name now, is said to be “delighted” at being able to leave jail, where she is “not popular”.

A source told The Sun : “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.”

According to The Sun, after leaving HMP Downview in Surrey, she will stay at a hostel with a new identity.

The newspaper reported taxpayers will pay thousands for her to stay at the hostel.

Philpott, who plotted the 2012 blaze with her husband, burned down their three-bedroom house in Derby in an attempt to get given a bigger council house.

Children Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, all died after getting trapped upstairs.

The parents, along with pal Paul Mosley, were found guilty of manslaughter.

Mick Philpott was given a life sentence with a minimum 15 year term.

Mick and Mairead divorced while behind bars.

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.”

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