Merseyside Police make another arrest in Olivia Pratt-Korbel murder investigation 


Another person has been arrested in connection with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

Merseyside Police said a man had been arrested on Friday on suspicion of assisting an offender and was being questioned by detectives.

Olivia was shot in the chest at home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on August 22.

The gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into their home, leaving Olivia’s mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, injured.   

Merseyside Police said a man had been arrested on Friday on suspicion of assisting an offender and was being questioned by detectives. Olivia, pictured, was shot in the chest at home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on August 22

Merseyside Police said a man had been arrested on Friday on suspicion of assisting an offender and was being questioned by detectives. Olivia, pictured, was shot in the chest at home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on August 22

A spokesperson from Merseyside Police said: ‘Officers involved in the investigation into the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel have today (Friday, 28 October) arrested a man on suspicion of assisting an offender. He has been taken to a police station where he will be interviewed by detectives.’

Thomas Cashman, 34, of West Derby, has been charged with Olivia’s murder and will appear in court again next year.

Cashman faces two further counts of possessing a firearm to endanger life.

Paul Russell, 40, of West Derby, has been charged with assisting an offender.

Others arrested have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into their home, leaving Olivia's mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, injured. Pictured: Olivia

The gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into their home, leaving Olivia’s mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, injured. Pictured: Olivia 

The latest arrest comes after a gun found in a Liverpool cemetery was discovered to not be linked to the murder of Olivia, pictured

The latest arrest comes after a gun found in a Liverpool cemetery was discovered to not be linked to the murder of Olivia, pictured

The latest arrest comes after a gun found in a Liverpool cemetery was discovered to not be linked to the murder of Olivia.

Police forensically tested the weapon, found along with ammunition in West Derby Cemetery, to see if it was used by the gunman who shot Olivia.

The Glock handgun, which was found in a bag, was also tested to see if it was linked to the murders of Sam Rimmer, who was shot in Dingle on August 16, or council worker Ashley Dale, 28, who was killed in Old Swan on August 21.

But police said on Wednesday that it was not linked to any of the murder investigations. 

Officers said that two weapons were used by the gunman who shot Olivia and injured her mother. 

A .38 revolver was the weapon which killed Olivia and a a Glock-type self-loading 9mm pistol was also fired, detectives said.

Police and forensic officers at the property in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, where nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was fatally shot

Police and forensic officers at the property in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, where nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was fatally shot

Merseyside Police have made repeated appeals for information following Olivia's death

Merseyside Police have made repeated appeals for information following Olivia’s death 

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, the nine-year-old Liverpool girl who was shot dead in her home in Liverpool last month

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, the nine-year-old Liverpool girl who was shot dead in her home in Liverpool last month

Olivia, the nine-year-old Liverpool girl who was shot dead in her home in Liverpool last month

Olivia died in Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after being shot in her home in Knotty Ash when a gunman who was chasing convicted burglar and drug dealer Joseph Nee burst into the property about 10pm on August 22.

Olivia’s mother Cheryl Korbel was hit in the wrist as she desperately tried to shut her front door, but the bullet also struck her daughter who was standing behind her.

The youngster was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.

In a eulogy, Olivia's mother Cheryl Korbel (pictured holding a pink teddy) said: 'Liv touched so many people's hearts and was loved and adored by everyone. She will never be forgotten'

In a eulogy, Olivia’s mother Cheryl Korbel (pictured holding a pink teddy) said: ‘Liv touched so many people’s hearts and was loved and adored by everyone. She will never be forgotten’

Olivia Pratt-Korbel's coffin is carried out of St Margaret Mary's Church on September 15, 2022

Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s coffin is carried out of St Margaret Mary’s Church on September 15, 2022

Earlier this month, Olivia’s funeral was held at St Margaret Mary’s Church in Knotty Ash.

Pink ties, jackets, scarves and bows were worn by those attending the service after her family asked people to wear a ‘splash of pink’.

People lined the street as the coffin arrived at the church in a horse-drawn carriage.

The white coffin, with butterflies on the side, was topped with lilies and unicorn and teddy bear shaped floral tributes were placed alongside it in the white carriage.

In a eulogy to her daughter, grieving Cheryl Korbel said: 'Olivia was very chatty and bubbly and would talk for England, to the point we thought she had Duracell batteries inside her somewhere'

In a eulogy to her daughter, grieving Cheryl Korbel said: ‘Olivia was very chatty and bubbly and would talk for England, to the point we thought she had Duracell batteries inside her somewhere’

Mrs Korbel hugged family members after the service, which follows the harrowing loss of her nine-year-old daughter Olivia

Mrs Korbel hugged family members after the service, which follows the harrowing loss of her nine-year-old daughter Olivia

Mourners embrace after the service, which celebrated nine-year-old Olivia's 'bubbly' and 'chatty' personality

Mourners embrace after the service, which celebrated nine-year-old Olivia’s ‘bubbly’ and ‘chatty’ personality

A hearse with floral tributes saying ‘daughter’ and ‘Liv’ arrived at the church shortly before the carriage.

Ms Korbel carried a pink teddy bear into the service, during which she said: ‘Liv touched so many people’s hearts and was loved and adored by everyone. She will never be forgotten.

‘I will never say goodbye but what I will say is goodnight, love you, see you in the morning.’

Tributes were left by Olivia's home on Kingsheath Avenue, Dovecot after the August shooting

Tributes were left by Olivia’s home on Kingsheath Avenue, Dovecot after the August shooting

Nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel died in after being shot in her home in Liverpool in August

Nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel died in after being shot in her home in Liverpool in August

Olivia and her dad are pictured in a memorial picture carried in her hearse during the funeral

Olivia and her dad are pictured in a memorial picture carried in her hearse during the funeral

Rebecca Wilkinson, headteacher of St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School in Huyton, said the nine-year-old ‘oozed kindness’ and would be remembered for her smile.

‘We have had counsellors in every class,’ she said.

‘(The children) are devastated at the loss of their friend, they truly are, but the counselling has definitely helped and we have been so proud of the resilience the children have shown since they’ve been back.’

Classmates of Olivia had been sharing their memories of her and receiving counselling since returning to school after her death, her headteacher said.



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