Man to stand trial next year accused of murdering Olivia Pratt-Korbel, nine, in Liverpool

3 October 2022, 11:10 | Updated: 3 October 2022, 17:59

Thomas Cashman has appeared in court accused of murdering nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel
Thomas Cashman has appeared in court accused of murdering nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel. Picture: Facebook/Alamy

By Stephen Rigley

A 34-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in Liverpool Crown Court charged with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

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Thomas Cashman looked at the ground throughout most of the hearing.

Judge Neil Flewitt KC set a provisional trial date for March 6 next year.

The court heard the trial was estimated to last four weeks.

A plea hearing is set to be held on January 10.

Mr Cashman is alleged to have killed the nine-year-old who was shot dead after convicted burglar Joseph Nee was chased by a gunman into her home in Didcot, Liverpool, on August 22.

The 34-year-old is also charged with the attempted murder of Olivia's mother, 46-year-old Cheryl Korbel, who was injured during the incident, and convicted burglar Joseph Nee, 35, who was chased into Olivia's home.

Cashman appeared earlier at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, alongside Paul Russell, 40, who is accused of assisting an offender.

Ms Korbel watched from the public gallery.

Thomas Cashman arriving at court
Thomas Cashman arriving at court. Picture: Alamy
Olivia Pratt-Korbel
Olivia Pratt-Korbel. Picture: Alamy

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Both men spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses during the brief hearing.

They were remanded in custody with Cashman due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court at 2pm today.

Russell will appear at the same court on October 31.

Cashman and Russell were charged on Saturday after weeks of desperate appeals to find the suspected gunman.

It also came after Crimestoppers pledged their biggest-ever reward of £200,000 to find the killer.