Man, 34, charged with murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, 9, after six-week manhunt | United Kingdom | News


Man, 34, charged with murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, 9, after six-week manhunt |  United Kingdom |  News

Thomas Cashman, 34, has also been charged with the attempted murder of Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel, and Joseph Nee, 35. He is set to appear in court on Monday.

Olivia was shot when Cheryl, 46, tried to stop a man armed with two guns from entering her home six weeks ago.

He was apparently in pursuit of Mr Nee, who broke into the property in Dovecot, Liverpool at around 10pm on August 22. But Olivia was shot in the chest from her.

A police officer tried in vain to save the girl’s life by using his hand to cover her gunshot wound while taking her to the hospital. Cheryl’s wrist was injured in the shooting.

The murder shocked the country and shocked Merseyside.

Cashman, of West Derby, was arrested Thursday and charged today. He faces two more counts of possession of a firearm in order to endanger life.

A second man, Paul Russell, 40, also from West Derby, was charged with aiding a criminal after being arrested on Friday. He will appear alongside Cashman at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Maria Corr, from the CPS Mersey-Cheshire Complex Cases Unit, said: “Crown Prosecution has authorized Merseyside Police to charge Thomas Cashman, 34, with the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, aged nine, and the attempted murder of Joseph. Nee and Cheryl Korbel on August 22, 2022.

“He has also been charged with two counts of possession of a firearm to endanger life. In addition, we have authorized the police to charge Paul Russell, 40, with aiding a criminal.

“Prosecutors from the CPS Mersey-Cheshire Complex Cases Unit authorized the charges following a review of an evidence file received from Merseyside Police. Our thoughts are with the family of Olivia Pratt-Korbel at this time.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said police remained committed to finding everyone involved in the tragedy, including “people who have tried to protect people.”

He said: “Our work continues in earnest. At the beginning of the investigation we were firm in our commitment to find all those involved in this case, which includes the people who have tried to shield and protect people, and those who have supplied the weapon or hide the weapons used in this case. case. incident.

“We have had an overwhelming response and support from the public since Olivia’s tragic murder and I ask for your continued support so that we can deliver on the promise we made to Olivia’s family and the local community to ensure those involved stand up to justice. Justice”.

On September 15, hundreds of mourners attended his funeral at St Margaret Mary’s Church in Dovecot, just a few streets from where the shooting took place.

Attendees at the service wore pink ties, jackets, scarves and bows after her family asked people to wear a “touch of pink.”

Ms. Korbel brought a pink teddy bear to the service, during which she said, “Liv touched the hearts of so many people and was loved and adored by all. She will never be forgotten.

“I will never say goodbye, but what I will say is good night, I love you, see you in the morning.”

The investigation into Olivia’s murder is ongoing and the force continues to appeal for those with information to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.

A police spokesperson added: “If you have any CCTV/control camera/smart doorbell video that could help our investigations, you can download it on the public portal dedicated to Olivia’s murder, which will go directly to the investigation team. Images can be submitted on the public Portal (”