Man charged with murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel appears in court

The man charged with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.

Thomas Cashman, 34, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates' Court this morning before the case was referred to Liverpool Crown Court for another hearing this afternoon.

Olivia was fatally shot by a gunman who chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into her home in Dovecot on 22 August.

Her mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, was injured in the shooting, which happened just after 10pm.

Cashman, of Grenadier Drive, West Derby, is also charged with the attempted murder of Ms Korbel and Nee, as well as two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Cashman appeared in person at both hearings, wearing a pale T-shirt as he sat in handcuffs in the dock, surrounded by four police officers. He spoke only to give his name, date of birth and address.

He was remanded in custody, and Judge Neil Flewitt KC set a provisional trial date for 6 March 2023.

The court heard the trial was estimated to last four weeks, with a plea hearing to be held on 10 January.

Olivia's parents were in court along with police officers and more than 20 members of the media.

Paul Russell, 40, of Snowberry Road, West Derby, also appeared in court, charged with assisting an offender.

The court heard he was alleged to have assisted Cashman by driving him away from the scene and disposing of clothing.

No application for bail was made, and he was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court again on 31 October.