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Thomas Cashman, a man has been found guilty of murdering nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was shot dead at her home in Liverpool.
Thomas Cashman had denied being the gunman who shot Olivia and wounded her mother Cheryl Korbel after chasing a man into her home on Aug. 22. The 34-year-old man was also convicted of wounding Ms. Korbel, the attempted murder of Joseph Nee, and possession of a firearm with the intent to endanger life. He will be sentenced on Monday. Ms. Korbel, wearing a pink cardigan and holding a teddy bear, sat with her children Chloe and Ryan in court. There were gasps and tears from Olivia’s family as the verdicts were delivered. After leaving the court building, Ms. Korbel said she was “ecstatic.”
The jury of 10 men and two women took nine hours and three minutes to reach their verdict. Cashman wiped away tears on the bench and turned to his family in the public gallery behind, shaking his head. One of Cashman’s family members was heard saying “appeal” and they stormed out of the courtroom yelling and swearing. During the trial at Manchester Crown Court, the jury heard that Nee, 36, who has several previous convictions, was the intended target of the attack. Cashman had been waiting for the drug dealer at around 22:00 BST, the jury was told. He shot Nee in the street and wounded him, but his gun jammed as he was trying to finish the job. Nee fled for her life, heading toward the light of an open door, the house of Mrs. Korbel, who had heard the commotion. But as he tried to close the door to keep the men out, Cashman fired again. The bullet tore through the door, through his hand, and fatally struck Olivia in the chest.
Thomas Cashman is 34 years old.
At Manchester Crown Court
Olivia’s murder made national headlines. A girl was shot inside her own home, where she should have been safer. The case is considered a true bass. But it is not a new low for Liverpool. Disturbingly, exactly 15 years later, 11-year-old Rhys Jones was fatally shot by a stray bullet. Olivia’s murder had the feeling of history repeating itself. Perhaps that is why it provoked such a strong reaction within the local community. Detectives say information flowed into their incident room at a volume they had not experienced before. And even some of those who were expected to put up a wall of silence spoke up. The criminals spoke that “a line had been crossed.” Cashman, a father of two, told the court that he had been at a friend’s house where he counted £10,000 in cash and smoked a joint at the time of the shooting. But a woman who had an affair with Cashman told jurors that he went to her house after the shooting, where she changed clothes and heard him say that she had “made Joey.”
Now it can also be reported that Paul Russell, 41, admitted that he lured Cashman from a house he fled to after Olivia’s murder and dumped her clothes. Russell, of Snowberry Road, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to aiding a criminal at a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court in October. But he was prevented from reporting his guilty plea until the conclusion of Cashman’s trial. Superintendent Mark Baker, the lead investigating officer in the case, said Cashman’s actions were “abhorrent.” He said: “When he discovered that he had shot an innocent young woman, he should have had the courage to stand up and come forward. Instead, he chose to lie low despite being a father himself. He is not worthy of walking the streets of Merseyside, and neither are those who think they can instill fear or intimidation in our communities through the use of firearms.”