Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s family tear into gunman who shot dead nine-year-old


Olivia's uncle Peter Korbel said this photo of the youngster would haunt the killer forever

Olivia’s uncle Peter Korbel said this photo of the youngster would haunt the killer forever 

The devastated family of little Olivia Pratt-Korbel who was senselessly murdered in her home in Liverpool at bedtime today tore into the ‘scum’ and cowardly gunman who callously shot her dead in a wicked ‘tit for tat’ gang war – and told her vile killer: ‘This picture will haunt you forever’. 

The beloved nine-year-old is thought to have been the tragic victim of a vicious reprisal among warring gangsters in which has gone on for weeks when she was killed by a balaclava-clad gunman who stormed into her house while chasing a suspected rival who saw a ‘chink of light’ inside. 

Sharing a photo of beautiful Olivia in an emotional tribute on Facebook, Olivia’s heartbroken uncle Peter Korbel said: ‘Our family will remember this picture of my beautiful niece with happiness and pride… this tiny cheeky little girl with the Korbel attitude thrown in and then some xx but to the scum that’s done this, this picture is going to haunt you for the rest of your days.’

The child’s cousin Rebecca Louise remembered the nine-year-old as ‘full of sass’ as she vowed the family would do whatever they could to help achieve justice. She told Metro: ‘I don’t think I or the family will ever find the words to describe the heartache we have all felt in the past 24 hours.

‘We haven’t just lost ‘Our Liv’, we’ve lost a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin and a granddaughter. Our little Liv who was full of life, full of sass and most definitely knew what she wanted in life.

‘You had so much potential and a full life to lead beautifully. I can only apologise for the cruel world we live in and the monsters in it. My heart aches so much and I don’t think we will ever digest what’s happened. 

‘We WILL find who did this and we WILL get justice for you baby girl. Lewis & I love you SO much it hurts. Forever 9 years young.’ 

Saying that she knows the family has ‘not only the hearts of the city but the hearts of a nation behind us all’, she added: ‘Let’s put this into action and get these weapons off our street’s. No other family should EVER have to endure the pain we as a family and especially my aunty Cheryl have experienced.

‘No other child should have to lose their lives to these senseless crimes. Forever and always in our hearts baby’.

Today, there was fury as it emerged the gangster had been released from prison early on licence. He was part of a gang who were jailed for ten years in total for a string of burglaries across North-West England. 

Joseph Nee, 35, from the Dovecot area of Liverpool, is understood to be the man hurt in the violence that left Olivia dead and her mother wounded on Monday. He forced his way in to her family home while trying to flee a masked gunman, and while the little girl lay dying, Nee, who was also shot, was taken to hospital by his friends in a black Audi. 

Merseyside Police have refused to publicly identify Nee, but earlier said a 35-year-old man injured in the shooting would be recalled to prison for breaching the terms of his release.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said the man allegedly breached his licence conditions with ‘poor behaviour’ and had been detained in hospital.

Nee was jailed for 45 months in 2018 after he and two other men led police on a high-speed chase. He admitted two counts of burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified.

Olivia’s death is one of three fatal shootings in the area in the space of a week and comes 15 years after 11-year-old Rhys Jones was shot dead on his way home from football practice in Croxteth, Liverpool.

It comes as officers from Merseyside Police carried out a series of raids targeting gun crime in the city today as tributes continued to pour in for the schoolgirl.

As Britain reacts with revulsion to the ‘senseless’ killing:

  • Conservative frontrunner Liz Truss expressed her condolences to Olivia’s family and said she would introduce police force league tables if she became PM;
  • She told the Tory leadership hustings hosted by Times Radio: ‘There is a serious problem in this country with gun crime, there’s a serious problem with gangs, there’s a serious problem with knife crime, and I’m absolutely determined we get a grip on that’;
  • Ex-Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he called his family to speak with his daughter when he first heard about the shooting;
  • Mr Sunak added that the Government needed to ‘finish putting 20,000 more’ police officers on the streets to fight crime;
  • Locals left flowers at the scene of the death, while Olivia’s headteacher paid tribute to the nine-year-old girl – calling her a ‘much loved member of our school’ with ‘a beautiful smile, a lovely sense of humour, and a bubbly personality’
  • Bishop of Liverpool denied the city is ‘divided’ over Olivia’s death as Echo front page asked ‘which side are you on’. 
Undated photo of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was shot dead at her home in Liverpool on Monday night

Undated photo of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was shot dead at her home in Liverpool on Monday night

Olivia

Olivia

Nine-year-old Olivia was senselessly and callously murdered by a masked gunman in Liverpool

Joseph Nee (pictured in HMP Kirkham, furthest left) is a career criminal whose brushes with the law include time spent behind bars for burglary, theft and drugs offences. He is understood to be the intended victim of the shooting

Joseph Nee (pictured in HMP Kirkham, furthest left) is a career criminal whose brushes with the law include time spent behind bars for burglary, theft and drugs offences. He is understood to be the intended victim of the shooting

Police revealed Olivia Pratt-Korbel (left, with her mother, Cheryl, right) was the random victim of a gun battle that saw the shooter barge his way into her family home and open fire with 'complete disregard' for anyone inside

Police revealed Olivia Pratt-Korbel (left, with her mother, Cheryl, right) was the random victim of a gun battle that saw the shooter barge his way into her family home and open fire with ‘complete disregard’ for anyone inside 

A young girl lays a tribute in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash today

A young girl lays a tribute in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash today

Two wellwishers are pictured with a heart balloon as they pay their respects to the tragic schoolgirl on Wednesday

Two wellwishers are pictured with a heart balloon as they pay their respects to the tragic schoolgirl on Wednesday

Forensic experts continue to examine the scene of the shooting in Kingsheath Avenue, Liverpool on Wednesday

Forensic experts continue to examine the scene of the shooting in Kingsheath Avenue, Liverpool on Wednesday

Her death is the third fatal shooting in Liverpool in less than a week, and it comes 48 hours after a council worker was killed

Her death is the third fatal shooting in Liverpool in less than a week, and it comes 48 hours after a council worker was killed

Olivia's uncle Peter Korbel said this photo of the youngster would haunt the killer forever

Olivia

Police revealed that the intended victim’s friends picked him up in an Audi and took him to hospital – leaving Olivia to die

Nee was part of a gang who were jailed for ten years in total for a string of burglaries across North-West England.

They were only captured following a 125-miles-an-hour police chase through Cheshire and Merseyside. Nee was sentenced to 45 months in prison in 2018 but automatically released on licence last year.

Joseph Nee, a career criminal, was seriously injured in Monday night’s shooting in which Olivia, 9, was killed and her mother Cheryl wounded

Joseph Nee, a career criminal, was seriously injured in Monday night’s shooting in which Olivia, 9, was killed and her mother Cheryl wounded 

Photographs of a topless Nee in HMP Kirkham, taken in 2019 and understood to have been shared on Instagram by an accomplice, showed him bragging about life behind bars and relaxing alongside fellow prisoners in the warm weather.

Nee, who lives in the Dovecote area of Liverpool, was arrested this morning in hospital, where he is being treated for gunshot wounds, for breaching the terms of his release. He will be sent back to jail to complete his sentence.

The career criminal has spent significant time behind bars for a host of serious crimes including burglary, theft and drugs offences. 

In 2009, Nee was jailed for six and a half years for serving as a ‘trusted foot soldier’ in a drugs gang that help push heroin and crack cocaine onto the streets of Liverpool.

Kieran Mullan, Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwich, told MailOnline today: ‘The reality is it is a relatively small number of persistent and determined criminals responsible for making the rest of us suffer and, of course, horrendously on this occasion. 

‘If early work to get them to turn away from a life of crime doesn’t work, the longer they spend in jail the better for the rest of us.’

The force’s Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said the ‘shocking’ killing ‘crosses every single boundary’ as the force appealed to the ‘criminal fraternity’ in Liverpool for information.

Mr Kameen told the BBC: ‘We are receiving CCTV, we are receiving names, we are receiving information. People are telling us where they were and what areas they were in, which is absolutely fantastic.’

Urging the community ‘to keep helping this family in every way possible’, he added: ‘Our inquiries continue into the shocking murder of Olivia, and supporting her family as they try to come to terms with this tragedy.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, 9, was the tragic victim of suspected gang land shooting in Liverpool after she was left for dead after being gunned down in her own home

Olivia Pratt-Korbel, 9, was the tragic victim of suspected gang land shooting in Liverpool after she was left for dead after being gunned down in her own home

Today police launched a series of raids targeting gun-carrying gangsters following three fatal shootings in Liverpool in nine days

Today police launched a series of raids targeting gun-carrying gangsters following three fatal shootings in Liverpool in nine days

Today police launched a series of raids targeting gun-carrying gangsters following three fatal shootings in Liverpool in nine days

Members of the public lay flowers on Kingsheath Avenue in Liverpool today

Members of the public lay flowers on Kingsheath Avenue in Liverpool today

An aerial view of the scene on Kingsheath Avenue, showing a cordon around a house which has also taped off the road

An aerial view of the scene on Kingsheath Avenue, showing a cordon around a house which has also taped off the road

Members of Merseyside Police's gang matrix task force leaving headquarters today before this morning's raids

Members of Merseyside Police’s gang matrix task force leaving headquarters today before this morning’s raids  

Olivia was shot in the chest in a house in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, just before 10pm on Monday night. Pictured: The scene yesterday cordoned off by police who have also closed the road

Olivia was shot in the chest in a house in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, just before 10pm on Monday night. Pictured: The scene yesterday cordoned off by police who have also closed the road 

Children are seen sitting in the road on Kingsheath Avenue in front of forensics officers today

Children are seen sitting in the road on Kingsheath Avenue in front of forensics officers today

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‘We will do all we can to take all of these involved in gun crime off the streets, as this arrest demonstrates.

‘This is not the time for anyone who knows who was responsible to stay silent.

‘It is a time for us all to make Merseyside a place where the use of guns on our streets is totally unacceptable and those who use them are held to account.

‘If you saw, heard, captured or know anything, tell us directly or anonymously and we will continue to act.’

Olivia was at home with her two older siblings when her mother Cheryl Korbel opened the door after hearing gunshots outside.

Ms Korbel, 46, was shot in the wrist as she tried to close the door on the gunman while Olivia stood behind her.

The gunman was wearing a black padded jacket, a black balaclava with a peak, dark trousers and black gloves, and had fired shots at two men walking in Kingsheath Avenue, causing them to flee.

Tributes including flowers and teddies have been left near the scene of the shooting amid shock at Olivia’s death.

She went to St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School in Huyton, where she was thought of as a kind-hearted, helpful and happy little girl, according to her headteacher Rebecca Wilkinson.

Ms Wilkinson said: ‘Olivia was a much-loved member of our school. She had a beautiful smile, a lovely sense of humour and a bubbly personality.

‘She was kind-hearted and would go out of her way to help others.’

Do you have any information about the incident? Email jack.wright@mailonline.co.uk 

Tragic death toll of Liverpool’s gun crime: How firearm-wielding gangsters have spilt blood on streets of Merseyside as girl, nine, is shot dead 15 years to the day after Rhys Jones, 11, was killed

By Harry Howard for MailOnline 

The murder of a nine-year-old girl in Liverpool came 15 years to the day since 11-year-old Rhys Jones was shot dead in the city while walking home from football.

The death of the little boy, a devoted fan of Everton football club, triggered national uproar – but gun crime in Liverpool is still sadly all too familiar. 

There were 211 firearms offences on Merseyside from April 2021 to March 2022 compared to 140 the year before – a rise of 51 per cent. 

However, the figures have been distorted by a drop in Covid, with the 227 firearms offences in 2019 to 2020 comparable to this year’s figure.

The latest gun killing in the Old Swan area of Liverpool was the third in the space of a week. 

On Sunday, 28-year-old woman Ashley Dale was shot dead in the same area, whilst 22-year-old ‘amazing young man’ Sam Rimmer died from gunshot wounds on August 16 in Dingle.

Ms Dale was the sister of 16-year-old Lewis Dunne, who was gunned down on a canal towpath in 2016.

Two years before Rhys’s death, mother-of-three Lucy Hargreaves was shot dead by three masked men while sitting on her sofa in her home – as her children aged nine months, five and two slept upstairs. 

And in 2004, 16-year-old Liam Kelly was gunned down in the street over an unpaid £200 debt, and his killer remains at large. 

Besides the latest killings, there have been a spate of shootings in recent weeks and months in Liverpool, with a man shot in the leg outside a pub on July 31 and bullets shattering a window opposite a children’s play park on June 8.  

Experts have previously told how, since Rhys’s killing, gangs in Liverpool have become less sophisticated but more reckless, meaning violence can break out over seemingly meaningless rows.  

Residents of an estate in the Wavertree area – where there were three shootings in three days earlier this year – describing how it is ‘normal’ to hear gun shots as criminals fight over drug-selling territory.

The Woodchurch estate in Wirral has also been hit by gun crime. On March 22, a gunman opened fire on a man while children were playing nearby, leaving him critically injured. 

Another incident in the same area in June saw a gang of masked men carrying weapons burst into a pub. 

Other shootings have erupted in the Croxteth area, with one on July 10 involving a gunman on an electric bike who shot a man multiple times in the leg. 

Despite the crimes, the number of actual shootings on Merseyside is on the decline. According to Merseyside Police, there were 43 shootings last year, compared to 125 in 2012. The figures represent a 43 per cent fall. 

And the latest fatal shootings were the first in more than a year, after 26-year-old Patrick Boyle was shot dead last July. 

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy named the girl murdered as Olivia Pratt-Korbel and said her ‘family are absolutely devastated, inconsolable and heartbroken’.

There were 211 firearms offences on Merseyside from April 2021 to March 2022 compared to 140 the year before - a rise of 51 per cent

There were 211 firearms offences on Merseyside from April 2021 to March 2022 compared to 140 the year before – a rise of 51 per cent

Rhys Jones, killed aged 11 in 2007 

The 11-year-old was shot dead in 2007 while walking home from football practice in Croxteth. 

The child was caught in the crossfire between two warring gangs – the Strand Gang and the Croxteth Crew. 

Sean Mercer – who was 16 at the time of the shooting – was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 22 years. 

The bullet fired from the Smith and Wesson gun that was used had been intended for Mercer’s rival Wayne Brady.

Rhys Jones, aged just 11, was shot dead in 2007 while walking home from football practice in Croxteth

Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of his death

Rhys Jones, aged just 11, was shot dead in 2007 while walking home from football practice in Croxteth. The child was caught in the crossfire between two warring gangs – the Strand Gang and the Croxteth Crew. Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of his death

Mercer’s accomplices were also sent to prison. Jason Yates was jailed for seven years aged 20 for supplying the Smith and Wesson pistol. 

Sean Mercer - who was 16 at the time of the shooting - was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 22 years

Sean Mercer – who was 16 at the time of the shooting – was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 22 years

He also helped Mercer to cover his tracks by washing him in petrol in the hope of destroying evidence.

In 2009, Yates was jailed for a further five years after his sentence was judged to have been unduly lenient. 

Nathan Quinn, then 18, was jailed for two years for helping Mercer to get rid of the murder weapon and his clothes. 

The other accomplices, Melvin Coy and Gary Kays, were sentenced to seven years each, whilst Dean Kelly was jailed for four years. 

When the gang were sentenced, Mr Justice Irwin branded them ‘selfish, shallow criminals, remarkable only by the danger you pose to others.’

Speaking last year, Rhys’s father Steve recounted the moment he heard the news that was told by Rhys’s mother Melanie that he had been shot:  

‘I was on the M57 heading up towards Southport when Mel phoned saying that Rhys had been shot and I needed to go home,’ he said. 

‘She sounded distraught, absolutely in tears, you could hear in her voice.’ With Mel now at the scene, Rhys was rushed to hospital.’

He added: ‘Your mind just doesn’t want to take it in, doesn’t want to accept it.’  

The Daily Mail's coverage of Rhys Jones's death

The Daily Mail's coverage of Rhys Jones's death

The Daily Mail covered the death of Rhys Jones extensively and featured the heartbreaking words of his mother and father Steve and Melanie

Ashley Dale, shot dead aged 28 on Sunday

The 28-year-old, described as a 'lovely, hardworking' young woman with an 'infectious' smile, was shot dead in her home in Old Swan on Sunday

Ashley Dale was a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University and worked for Knowsley Council. The 28-year-old, described as a ‘lovely, hardworking’ young woman with an ‘infectious’ smile, was shot dead in her home in Old Swan on Sunday

Ashley Dale was a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University and worked for Knowsley Council. 

The 28-year-old, described as a ‘lovely, hardworking’ young woman with an ‘infectious’ smile, was shot dead in her home in Old Swan on Sunday. 

Thugs are thought to have burst through the door of her £70,000 three-bedroom terraced home, where she ‘lived largely on her own’, and sprayed bullets inside. 

Police were called by neighbours reporting the sound of what they thought were gunshots or fireworks, and officers found graduate Miss Dale in the back garden.

Merseyside Police believe the property was purposefully targeted, but Miss Dale was not the intended victim. She was treated at the scene but died later in hospital.

A car was found with flat tyres outside, with police saying it was used by Miss Dale and registered to her family. The vehicle has now been removed to be examined.

Ms Dale’s death came seven years after her own brother Lewis Dunne was shot dead aged 16 by a gang who mistook him for a rival, although her death is said to be unrelated to this. 

Lewis Dunne, shot dead aged 16 in 2015

Ms Dale’s brother, Lewis Dunne, was gunned down on a canal towpath in 2015 aged just 16. 

The ‘kind, gentle’ boy was ‘wholly innocent’ had simply been ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time,’ police said. Police have not linked the siblings’ killings. 

Lewis Dunne was on his way to a shop when he walked into the path of four men lying in wait with a loaded weapon and with ‘murderous intent’, Liverpool Crown Court was told. 

On the day of his death, Sunday November 15, Lewis had arranged to meet a friend on the canal towpath to borrow his bicycle. 

In 2016, Jake Culshaw, then 26, and brothers John and Paul Martin, then aged 20 and 26 respectively, were jailed for life. 

Ms Dale's brother, Lewis Dunne (pictured with his sister), was gunned down on a canal towpath in 2015 aged just 16. The 'kind, gentle' boy was 'wholly innocent' had simply been 'in the wrong place at the wrong time,' police said. Police have not linked the siblings' killings

Ms Dale’s brother, Lewis Dunne (pictured with his sister), was gunned down on a canal towpath in 2015 aged just 16. The ‘kind, gentle’ boy was ‘wholly innocent’ had simply been ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time,’ police said. Police have not linked the siblings’ killings

Lewis’s mother Gemma Whitfield said after the men were convicted: ‘Lewis was my baby. I was 20 years old when he came into my life and young myself but already older than he would get to be. From the moment I held him in my arms I felt love.

‘I could talk for hours about about Lewis. A smile that would light up a room, a hug that would lessen the worries of the world and a gift for making everyone feel important. You could not be sad in his presence.

‘There is nothing he would not have done for anybody. Wherever he went he got along with people.

‘Lewis was a gentle, peace-loving boy, vibrant and oh so alive, but now he is dead.’

Sam Rimmer, shot dead aged 22 on August 16

Sam Rimmer was shot dead last Tuesday, before two men fled the scene on electric bikes. 

Sam Rimmer was shot dead last Tuesday, before two men fled the scene on electric bikes

Sam Rimmer was shot dead last Tuesday, before two men fled the scene on electric bikes

The 22-year-old was given CPR until paramedics arrived and he was taken to hospital, where he died. 

Two men in dark clothing were seen leaving the scene. Merseyside Police said a ‘number of shots’ were fired. 

Mr Rimmer’s death was the first murder involving a firearm in Merseyside in more than a year, after Patrick Boyle was killed last July. 

Mr Rimmer was described in tributes as ‘an amazing young man’, with his killing branded ‘senseless.’

A series of five loud bangs were reportedly heard when Mr Rimmer was shot. 

It is not clear if Mr Rimmer was the intended target of the shooting.  

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said it was ‘a despicable attack’ and the victim’s family were ‘desperately trying to come to terms with their loss’.

‘We need to find those responsible, and I would ask members of the public who may have information which could help us bring those people to justice to put themselves in the shoes of Sam’s family and think about what they are going through and the pain this has caused them,’ he said.

‘If you live in the area, or were passing through at about 11.40pm on Tuesday, you may have seen something that could be vital for us and I would urge you to get in touch.’

Patrick Boyle, 26 – July 2021

Patrick Boyle was shot twice in the chest in the Newway area of Liverpool on July 1st last year after a row with killers Rueben Murphy and Ben Doyle. 

On the day of the murder Murphy was involved in an altercation with another man, Scott Brown, who he claimed owed him money for cannabis and was a friend of the victim. 

Mr Boyle was also there, and it appears to have escalated quickly with the thug plotting to kill the victim the same day.

Patrick Boyle (pictured) was shot twice in the chest in the Newway area of Liverpool on July 1st last year after a row with killers Rueben Murphy and Ben Doyle

Patrick Boyle (pictured) was shot twice in the chest in the Newway area of Liverpool on July 1st last year after a row with killers Rueben Murphy and Ben Doyle 

After picking up the weapon and ammunition, he was picked up by Doyle and driven on an electric bike disguised with black bin bags wrapped around it, to a house in Newway, Huyton, shortly before 6pm, where he opened fire. 

Mr Boyle, who had a three-year-old son and was expecting another with his pregnant partner, Ashleigh Dean, died within an hour due to his injuries – Ms Dean was not able to reach the hospital before he died.

Murphy had denied any role in the shooting, claiming he was doing drugs in another part of Huyton at the time. 

But police found a treasure trove of evidence, including clothing containing gunshot residue and his DNA in his home, while CCTV also showed he was in the area at the time.

A jury convicted him and Doyle of murder. The pair were jailed for life, with a minimum term of 27 years. 

When Murphy was sentenced in July, he branded the judge at Liverpool Crown Court a ‘fat paedophile’ and also shouted ‘f**k the system’.

Rueben Murphy (pictured), from Huyton, screamed and shouted as he was jailed for life with a minimum term of 31 years for murder yesterday

Ben Doyle (pictured) was also jailed for life and given a minimum term of 27 years for his role in the murder

Rueben Murphy (pictured left), from Huyton, screamed and shouted as he was jailed for life with a minimum term of 31 years for murder. Ben Doyle (right) was also jailed for life and given a minimum term of 27 years for his role in the murder

Lucy Hargreaves, shot dead on her sofa aged 22 in 2005 

The 22-year-old mother-of-three was shot dead on her sofa in the Walton area of Liverpool in 2005 by three masked men as her children, aged nine months, two, and five, slept upstairs. 

Mother-of-three Lucy Hargreaves was shot dead on her sofa in 2005

Mother-of-three Lucy Hargreaves was shot dead on her sofa in 2005

The gang then set her on fire. No one has ever been brought to justice for one of Liverpool’s most notorious unsolved murders. 

On the night of her murder the duvet cover Lucy was sleeping under was covered in petrol and set alight.

Fuel was also poured around the entrance and stairs of the property to block any escape for those upstairs.

Gary Campbell, Lucy’s boyfriend, who may have been the intended target, was sleeping upstairs with the couple’s youngest daughter Faye.

He escaped the blaze by jumping with his daughter from an upstairs window, before running inside to pull Lucy out.

Tragically, his girlfriend had died from the gunshot wounds.

Despite his heroic actions on the night, Mr Campbell is believed to have been the target because of his past.

Mr Campbell had allegedly been a passenger in a stolen car that hit and killed a four-year-old boy in 1993.

The child who had died was the brother of one of the defendants in the original case.

Tony Downes, stood trial at Liverpool Crown Court, but the case against him and Kirk Bradley, 21, both of Huyton, was dropped.

Police continue to hunt suspect Kevin Parle over Lucy’s death, as well as that of 16-year-old Liam Kelly, who was shot dead in 2004. 

Liam Kelly, shot dead aged 16 over £200 debt – 2005

Liam Kelly is believed to have been shot dead due to an unpaid debt of just £200. Anthony Campbell, who was owed the money, pleaded guilty to arranging the teenager's murder and was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of more than two decades

Liam Kelly is believed to have been shot dead due to an unpaid debt of just £200. Anthony Campbell, who was owed the money, pleaded guilty to arranging the teenager’s murder and was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of more than two decades

Liam Kelly is believed to have been shot dead due to an unpaid debt of just £200.

He was shot twice at close range by a masked man carrying a double-barrelled shotgun. 

He staggered to a neighbour’s house but then collapsed and died shortly afterwards.  

Anthony Campbell, who was owed the money, pleaded guilty to arranging the teenager’s murder and was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of more than two decades. 

However, no one has been convicted of Kelly’s murder. 

The police’s prime suspect is Kevin Parle, who has been wanted by officers for the past 16 years. He is also wanted over the killing of Lucy Hargreaves. 

Parle was arrested in connection with Kelly’s killing but then failed to answer his bail and absconded from the UK.   

In a statement, last year, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Baker, of Merseyside Police, said: ‘Despite time passing, we are continuing to investigate Liam’s murder.

‘His family have suffered greatly knowing that Kevin Parle could be out there somewhere and hasn’t been put before the courts.

‘Kevin has denied a teenager reaching major milestones in his life – including family celebrations, birthdays, careers and relationships – something so many of us take for granted.

‘When Liam was murdered, his mother Mary made a heartfelt plea directly to his friends and associates where she begged them to tell the police anything that might help us bring his killers to justice.  

Merseyside’s bloody year: At least 14 people killed in the first eight months of the year following a spate of violence  

At least 14 people have been killed in Merseyside just eight months into the year, police data suggests, as the county reels from the fatal shooting of a nine-year-old girl.

The spate of violence across the region in 2022 has included the shooting of a 15-year-old girl on her way home from school and the stabbing of a 14-year-old boy in Liverpool city centre.

Merseyside Police have issued press releases concerning 14 suspected killings, 11 non-fatal stabbings and 13 non-fatal shootings since the start of 2022.

By comparison, there were 17 homicides recorded by the force across the whole of 2021/22, according to the latest Home Office figures.

Violent crime across the region has been increasing consistently in recent years, according to the Home Office data.

There were 68,720 cases of violence against the person recorded in 2021/22, a figure that has been climbing year on year, up from 45,848 recorded in 2018/19.

Here is a list of the suspected killings, non-fatal stabbings and non-fatal shootings announced by Merseyside Police since the start of 2022:

Suspected killings – 

22 August – Olivia Pratt-Korbel, nine, is shot dead in Knotty Ash.

22 August – Two men are arrested over the fatal stabbing of a woman in her 50s in Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby.

21 August – 28-year-old Knowsley Council worker Ashley Dale died after being shot in the Old Swan area of Liverpool in the early hours of Sunday.

19 August – Sam Rimmer, 19, is shot dead in Lavrock Bank.

27 July – Leroy Venner is killed in Anfield, suffering head injuries and sparking a murder probe.

12 July – Christopher Molly, 55, is killed in Stanley Road, Bootle.

15 May – Derek Burns, 49, is stabbed to death in Tuebrook.

12 May – Karen Wheeler, 62, dies after police attended a flat in Vittoria Court, on Vittoria Close, at around 7.15pm, in response to a report of concern for her welfare. A man has been charged with her murder.

11 May – 43-year-old Lorraine Cullen’s body is found in a property on Radway Road at around 8.30am after she was stabbed to death. A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of her murder is questioned by police and detained under the Mental Health Act.

16 April – Michael Toohey is killed following an attack in an internet cafe in Liverpool.

10 April – 36-year-old Gary Morgan, found stabbed at a house in Lavan Close, Everton, dies of his injuries.

27 March – Five people are arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man was found in Pensby earlier in the day.

14 March – Dylan Bacon, 39, is stabbed to death in Old Swan.

24 January – A murder probe is launched following the death of a man in his 60s found with serious injuries at a property in Heswall at around 8.45pm on 14 January.

– Non-fatal stabbings

6 August- 19-year-old man is charged with GBH with intent and possession of a bladed article after a stabbing at a pub in Thatto Heath area.

29 June- Police launch an investigation after a 19-year-old man was stabbed in the leg after a confrontation with a group of men in Wavertree.

17 June – Two men are stabbed in an altercation outside a wine bar in Queens Square, police say.

25 May – A 14-year-old boy is stabbed in Campbell Square, Liverpool city centre.

15 May – Officers were called at just before 7.35am to Jubits Lane in St Helens following reports a 23-year-old man had suffered puncture wounds to the leg

8 March – A 16-year-old boy is stabbed in Formby.

21 March – A man is arrested following a stabbing in Birkenhead on 21 March.

3 March – A teenage boy is taken to hospital after he received puncture wounds to his buttocks and a laceration to his wrist at around 3pm. The injuries were not life-threatening.

19 February – At around 5.30pm, police receive a report that a man has been stabbed in Thatto Heath.

15 February – A man is stabbed three times in the buttocks by a group of unknown attackers outside Aldi on Broad Green Road in Old Swan.

30 January – Officers are called to an address on Colbert Close, Wirral to reports that a man had been stabbed in the neck.

– Non-fatal shootings

2 August – Police attend a scene in Walton following reports of an injury shooting.

31 July – Officers receive reports of a man shot in the leg in the car park of a pub on Church Road in Rainford.

10 July – Investigation launched after reports of a man shot and injured in the Croxteth area.

6 July – Two men arrested after man shot in the legs in West Derby.

11 May – At around 10.40pm, a 17-year-old male arrived at Arrowe Park Hospital in Birkenhead with a gunshot wound to his leg.

5 May – Detectives appeal for witnesses to come forward following a shooting in Fazakerley.

26 April – Another injury shooting takes place in Wavertree in the early hours of the morning.

19 April – At around 3pm officers were called to a report that a man had been shot in an alleyway on Rosalind Way, suffering serious injuries.

20 March – Police arrest three men following reports a man was shot and injured in Croxteth on the night of 20 March.

22 March – A man suffers life-changing injuries after being shot in the Woodchurch area of Merseyside.

1 March – An ‘innocent’ 15-year-old girl shot while standing at a bus stop on her way home from school on Upper Warwick Street, police say. A 20 year-old man also suffered a non life-threatening gunshot injury to his hand in the incident.

16 January – A man in his 20s attends the Royal Liverpool University Hospital with gunshot wounds to his chest and arms.

1 January – A 33-year-old man is shot in the torso at a car park at the Netherton pub on Church Road as he entered a car. He was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged. 



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