A man has appeared in court on murder charges in the shooting death of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was killed in her Liverpool home.
As her mother attempted to stop a shooter from chasing another guy into their home, the nine-year-old was shot and killed.
Thomas Cashman, who is 34 years old and lives in West Derby, Liverpool, is also accused of trying to kill Joseph Nee and Cheryl Korbel, Olivia Korbel’s mother.
He was remanded in custody following his appearance at Liverpool Crown Court, where a March trial date was proviso set.
On the night of August 22, when Mr. Nee, a convicted burglar, was being chased into their Dovecot home, Olivia was shot in the chest and her mother was injured.
The court was informed that the anticipated length of any trial would be four weeks, and that a plea hearing would take place on January 10.
In addition, Mr. Cashman of Grenadier Drive, who sat with his head lowered during the proceedings, is charged on two counts with carrying a weapon recklessly.
He was being held in handcuffs in the dock, with five police officers all around him.
Olivia’s parents were in court for both the 13-minute hearing and Mr. Cashman’s earlier meeting with the municipal magistrates.
Paul Russell, a second defendant, was charged with aiding an offender and appeared before the magistrates. He is 40 years old.
According to the evidence shown in court, Mr. Russell, who lives on Snowberry Road in West Derby, helped Mr. Cashman by giving him a ride and getting rid of his clothes.
He was kept in custody until his court appearance on October 31 at Liverpool Crown Court.
On September 15, Olivia’s burial was held in a crowded St. Margaret Mary’s Church just a few blocks from the scene of the shooting.
Her family requested that attendees wear a “splash of pink,” so people donned pink ties, jackets, scarves, and bow ties.
In her eulogy, Ms. Korbel said that her daughter had “touched so many people’s hearts and was cherished and adored by everyone” as she entered the funeral holding a pink teddy bear.
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“MURDER” OF Olivia Thomas Cashman, 34, is in court today charged with murdering nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
The man accused of killing Olivia Pratt-Korbel after she was shot dead at her family’s house has this face.
On August 22 in Liverpool, a nine-year-old kid was allegedly slain by Thomas Cashman, who was 34 years old and caught in the crossfire.
He is also accused of trying to kill convicted burglar Joseph Nee, who was being chased by a shooter inside Olivia’s house.
Cashman is also charged with two counts of possessing a handgun with the intent to endanger life and with trying to kill Olivia’s mother, Cheryl, after she was shot in the wrist.
Cashman went to court today at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, where his mother and Olivia’s father, John Francis Pratt, watched from the audience gallery. He was escorted by four police officers.
During the short hearing, he merely spoke to confirm his name, birthdate, and residence.
Cashman, a resident of West Derby, was remanded behind bars until this afternoon, when he will appear in court in Liverpool.
Even though no plea was given, a preliminary trial date was set for March 6 of the next year.
The next appearance for Cashman, who was sitting and gazing at the ground, is scheduled for January 10.
Paul Russell, a 40-year-old co-suspect who is accused of aiding an offender, also made an appearance in court today.
The court was informed that he allegedly helped Cashman leave the scene and dispose of his garments.
On October 31, Russell, a resident of West Derby, will show up in the same court.
After weeks of searching everywhere for the alleged shooter, the two were charged on Saturday.
Additionally, it happened soon after Crimestoppers offered their largest-ever reward of £200,000 to catch the murderer.
In total, police have detained 11 people in connection with Olivia’s killing; nine of them were later released on bond.
Olivia’s mother, who was the intended victim, entered Nee’s home to hide from a shooter.
When the 35-year-old forced his way inside, Cheryl seemed to have opened the front door to check what the ruckus was about.
Then, the shooter started firing shots inside the house, striking Cheryl first and then Olivia, who was standing behind her mother.
Tragically, shortly after Olivia was pronounced dead, her mother was receiving medical attention for a gunshot wound to the wrist.
intended audience Multiple injuries to his upper body were treated, but Nee broke the terms of his release and was returned to jail.
Thomas Cashman, who is 34 years old, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was only nine years old.