THE mother of Baby P was given an indeterminate sentence at the Old Bailey this morning and will serve a minimum of five years.

The 27-year-old, who cannot be named, had previously pleaded guilty to causing or allowing Baby Peter's death.

Her partner was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was found guilty of raping a two-year-old girl and causing or allowing the death of Peter.

Their lodger Jason Owen, 37, of Bromley, was given an indefinite sentence, to serve a minimum of three, after being found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Peter.

Judge Stephen Kramer QC told Baby Peter's mother: "Having seen and observed you over many weeks I have concluded that you are a manipulative and self-centred person with a calculating side as well as a temper."

He added: "You acted selfishly because your priority was your relationship."

He said that her partner, who also cannot be named, played a "major role" in the events leading to the death of Baby Peter.

Speaking directly to him, Judge Kramer said: "Whatever the truth of what took place, the result was that a child died in horrific circumstances with injuries that could have only caused great pain and distress prior to his death."

Judge Kramer added that he posed a "serious threat" to children and young people.

He branded his actions, both in causing or allowing Baby Peter's death and raping the young girl, "abhorrent and extraordinary".

All three denied ever seeing what had happened to Baby Peter, or any knowledge of the events that led to his death.

Judge Kramer told them: "Your alleged ignorance of what was happening in that small house in Tottenham defies belief."

Baby Peter's mother and the lodger Owen were handed indeterminate sentences, which means they will only be released when it is considered safe to do so.

However, an angry mob formed outside the Old Bailey, furious at the minimum tarrifs handed down to Baby Peter's mother.

One woman, who was thrown out of the court room for heckling and threatened with arrest, said: "How can they threaten to arrest me? Five years isn't a sentence - it's a holiday.

"She deserves to rot in hell for what she's done."