Thomas Cashman has been arrested after murdering Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was shot in her Liverpool home.
The nine-year-old was killed as her mother attempted to stop a shooter from chasing another guy into their home.
Following the shooting of the nine-year-old, two individuals have been charged.
She was killed inside her own home on Kingsheath Avenue in Dovecot with a.38 caliber revolver. At the time of the incident on Monday, August 22, the gunman was pursuing Joseph Nee.
Thomas Cashman Arrested: What Did He Do?
Thomas Cashman, 34, of West Derby, Liverpool, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in the deaths of Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel, and Joseph Nee.
After appearing at Liverpool Crown Court, he was remanded in custody with a provisional trial date set for March.
On the night of August 22, Olivia was shot in the chest, and her mother was injured after Mr. Nee, a convicted burglar was chased into their Dovecot house.
Eleven people have been detained in connection with Olivia’s death, with nine males previously arrested after the extensive investigation, all of whom were later released on bond.
Thomas Cashman Charges After Murdering 9 Year Old
A 34-year-old man charged with Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s murder appeared in court for the first time, with his trial date set for 2023.
Thomas Cashman appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court after being charged with the murder of the nine-year-old, who was shot dead on August 22 after convicted burglar Joseph Nee was chased by a shooter into her home in Dovecot.
Thomas is also accused of attempting to murder Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, who was hurt in the incident, and Nee.
The 34-year-old of Grenadier Drive in West Derby is also accused of two counts of endangering life with a handgun. In the dock, he was handcuffed and surrounded by five police officers.
Olivia’s parents were present in court for the 13-minute hearing, as well as earlier in the day when Mr. Cashman appeared before judges in the city.
Before his case was submitted to Liverpool Crown Court for a 2 pm hearing, Cashman provided his name, date of birth, and residence. Cashman, who sat in the crown court with his head lowered, was not asked to enter a plea, but a four-week trial was scheduled on March 6 of next year.
A second suspect, Paul Russell, 40, was also charged with assisting an offender and appeared before magistrates.
Mr. Russell, of Snowberry Road, West Derby, was accused of assisting Mr. Cashman by driving him and disposing of items.
Olivia Pratt-Korbel Funeral
Olivia’s funeral took place on September 15 at a full St Margaret Mary’s Church, just a few streets from where the shooting occurred.
Those attending the service wore pink ties, jackets, scarves, and bows after her family requested a pink theme.
Olivia’s mother carried a pink teddy bear to the event and said her daughter touched so many people’s hearts.
Olivia’s friends have been sharing their memories of her and receiving counseling since returning to school following her death, according to her principal.
The head teacher of St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School in Huyton, Rebecca Wilkinson, said the nine-year-old “oozed goodness” and would be remembered for her grin.
She also revealed that counselors were present in every class.
She also stated that the children were grieved by the loss of their friend but that counseling had really helped and that they had been so proud of the children’s resiliency since they returned.
Ms. Korbel noted that Liv touched many people’s hearts and was adored by them.