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Killer mum to appeal jail term

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

Mairead Philpott (32) was jailed alongside her husband Mick 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.

Defence barrister Shaun Smith said of the appeal: "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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