If you are not in the UK and are not familiar with this case, you will find a résumé of the crime that was the Derby fire here
. The sentencing of Mick and Mairead Philpott and their co-conspirator Paul Mosley was reported live, or almost live this morning on BBC Television
The three were convicted Monday and were due to be sentenced yesterday, but after hearing submissions in mitigation, Mrs Justice Thirlwall decided to sleep on it.
One of these submissions was that Mrs Philpott had loved her children and her real punishment was never seeing them again, which is akin to a man convicted of murdering his parents pleading for clemency because he is an orphan.
Mick Philpott was the first to be sentenced, and as the mastermind with convictions for serious violence dating back to the late seventies, he was given a life sentence with a tariff of fifteen years. In practice, he will probably serve much more.
The second person sentenced was his wife, who was given a sentence of seventeen years. Finally, family friend Paul Mosley was also given a seventeen year sentence. Mosley and Mrs Philpott can think themselves lucky that they too were not handed life sentences for a crime that was as stupid and reckless as it was evil.