Olivia Pratt-Korbel Murder Update
Olivia Pratt-Korbel Murder: A guy has appeared in court on murder charges related to Olivia Pratt-Korbel, age 9.
At Liverpool Crown Court, Thomas Cashman, 34, of West Derby, was charged with Olivia’s murder and was subsequently remanded in custody. He will show up in court on January 10 for a plea hearing; his trial is scheduled for March 6.
Last week, Cashman was accused of killing Olivia on August 22 at her Dovecot, Liverpool, home. Throughout the proceedings, the accused sat with his head hung low.
In addition, Paul Russell, 40, of West Derby, has been placed under arrest and accused with aiding an offender. On October 31, he is scheduled to appear at Liverpool Crown Court. He was said to have helped Cashman by transporting him away from the scene and disposing of garments, according to the court.
Olivia received a chest shot. At around 10 o’clock in the evening, the gunman chased his intended victim, identified as the convicted burglar Joseph Nee, into their property, where her mother Cheryl Korbel was hurt.
Along with two counts of having a firearm with the intent to endanger life, Cashman is also accused with trying to kill Cheryl Korbel and Nee.
Merseyside police had previously detained nine other men as part of the probe before Cashman was picked up last Thursday; all of them were released on bail.
According to the police, Olivia was killed with a.38 revolver. In the early moments of the incident, another gun—a self-loading 9mm pistol resembling a Glock—was fired.
A £200,000 reward is being offered in the search for the murderer. Michael Ashcroft, the organization’s founder and leader, said last week on announcing Crimestoppers’ largest ever reward offer: “This case has been immensely disturbing, not just for individuals who are directly touched but also for Liverpool and the nation as a whole.”
Olivia’s funeral was held at St Margaret Mary’s church in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, last month. Mourners wore pink ties, jackets, scarves and bows after her family asked people to wear a “splash of pink”.
Cheryl Korbel carried a pink teddy bear into the service, during which she said: “Liv touched so many people’s hearts and was loved and adored by everyone. She will never be forgotten. I will never say goodbye but what I will say is goodnight, love you, see you in the morning.”