KILLER mum Mairead Philpott enjoys a taste of freedom as she sups a snakebite and black at a pub with a pal.

Philpott, 40, was released last year after serving half of a 17-year term for her part in a fire that killed her six children.

And she made the most of her new-found freedom with a trip to the pub followed by a spot of shopping.

She kept a mask on during her visit to the Lock, Stock and Barrel, in Newbury, Berks — only lowering it to drink and eat her lasagne, peas and potato wedges.

Philpott paid for the food and drink herself after saving cash from her Universal Credit benefits.

An onlooker said: “She seemed nervous about being recognised. But there was no mistaking her when she pulled her mask down to eat and drink.

“Once she had been there for a while, she started laughing and joking with her friend.

“It was pretty sickening to see her though, especially in such a lovely spot at a pub beside a river.”

Philpott was jailed in 2013 alongside her husband Mick, 65, and their neighbour Paul Mosley, 53.

The trio plotted an arson attack on the Philpotts’ three-bed council home in Derby.

Mick planned to rescue the children and then frame an ex who took custody of some of his other children.

But the plan went wrong and the youngsters aged five to 13 died.

She refused to comment on her day out.

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