Merseyside Police have charged two men in connection with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Corbel. In a statement, a spokesman for the police force said they charged Thomas Cashman, 34, of West Derby, with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of possession of a firearms with intent to endanger life. The second man, Paul Russell, 40, also of West Derby, has been charged with assisting an offender. 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.
“Finally, our thoughts today are with Olivia’s Mum and Dad, Cheryl and John Francis, and their families, who throughout the last few weeks have shown incredible strength, courage, and dignity.”
Olivia was fatally shot on August 22 at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool – and her mother Cheryl Korbel was injured when a gunman chased a convicted burglar into their home at 10pm.
In the weeks that followed, Merseyside Police have had numerous officers on the case in a bid to get justice for the little girl and her devastated family.
In a statement issued last month, the family said: “Olivia’s death cannot be in vain and we want people to feel safe and be safe, that can only happen if we all come together and make sure there is no place for guns, or those who use guns on our streets or in our communities.”
Crowds of people gathered in Liverpool last month to lay the little girl to rest, with her mum Cheryl clutching a pink cuddly toy.
Mourners dressed in pink and black as a white horse and cart carrying Olivia’s coffin passed distraught community members.
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