A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
Thomas Cashman, 34, allegedly killed the nine-year-old school girl, who was caught in the crossfire of a horrific shooting in Liverpool on August 22, 2022.
Who is Thomas Cashman?
Thomas Cashman, 34, of West Derby in Liverpool is the man who allegedly murdered Olivia Pratt-Korbel at her home in Dovecot.
Not much is known about Cashman at this time.
Has Thomas Cashman been arrested for the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel?
Thomas Cashman was arrested on Thursday, September 29, 2022 by Merseyside Police and questioned by detectives.
Following an extensive and complex investigation, Merseyside Police and the Crown Prosecution Service have confirmed that Thomas Cashman has been charged with the murder of Olivia.
He has also been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of possession of a firearms with intent to endanger life.
A second man, Paul Russell, 40 years, from Snowberry Road, West Derby, has been charged with assisting an offender – he is due to appear at Liverpool crown court on October 31.
Both men appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court on Monday, October 3.
Prior to Cashman’s arrest last Thursday, Merseyside police had arrested nine other men as part of the investigation who have all been bailed.
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Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen, said: “Our work continues in earnest.
“At the beginning of the investigation we were firm in our commitment to finding all of those involved in this case, which includes the people who have tried to shield and protect individuals, and those who have supplied the weapon or are hiding the weapons used in this incident.
“We have had an overwhelming response and support from the public since the tragic murder of Olivia and I would ask for your continued support so we can keep the promise we made to Olivia’s family and the local community to ensure that those involved face justice.”
What happened to Olivia Pratt-Korbel?
On Monday, August 22, 2022, Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot and killed when a gunman forced his way into her home in Dovecot, Liverpool.
In a tragic turn of events, Olivia was not the intended target of the shooting and instead an innocent victim of gun crime.
At around 10pm on Monday, August 22, 2022, two men were walking along Kingsheath Avenue from the direction of Finch Lane – close to Olivia’s family home.
The two men were approached by a lone person, who was wearing a black padded jacket, a black balaclava with a peak, dark pants and black gloves.
Responding to the sound of gunfire, Olivia’s mum Cheryl opened the door to her property to see what was going on outside.
As she did, one of the men fleeing the gunfire noticed the front door open and made his way towards it.
Despite her best efforts to try and close the front door, the man forced his way inside the home, followed by the gunman.
Nine-year-old Olivia was believed to have been standing behind her mother when the gunman opened fire once more, dispensing one bullet which hit Cheryl in the wrist and Olivia in the chest.
A further two bullets were fired at the man who had forced his way into the home, as the gunman continued to try and force his way in.
Just moments after the gunman fled the scene, a black Audi arrived outside to take the injured man to hospital.
Both Olivia and Cheryl were left in the doorway bleeding from their injuries.
The mother and daughter were taken to two separate hospitals to treatment for their wounds.
However, the injuries Olivia suffered were fatal and tragically resulted in her death.