The man charged with brutally murdering nine-year-old girl Olivia Pratt Korbel in Liverpool has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.
Thirty-four-year-old Thomas Cashman appeared in Liverpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning before the case was guided to Liverpool Crown Court for another afternoon hearing.
Nine-year-old little girl Olivia Pratt Krobel was brutally shot to death in Liverpool when she was at her home with her mother.
The man was chasing another man. To look at the noises outside the home Olivia’s mother went to open the door to see the unrest happening outside their home.
When she opened the door, the unknown man shot nine-year-old Olivia Pratt in her chest and mother at her wrist on into her home in Dovecot on 22 August.
Her mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, was injured in the shooting just after 10 pm.
Cashman, of Grenadier Drive, West Derby, is also charged with the attempted murder of the mother of dead nine-year-old girl Olivia Pratt Korbel and Nee and two counts of maintaining a firearm to endanger life.
Cashman appeared in person at both hearings, wearing a pale T-shirt as he sat in handcuffs in the dock, encircled by four police officers. He spoke only to give his address, date of birth and name.
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 alleged that he had helped Cashman by driving him away from the scene and disposing of clothing.