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A man has been charged with the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, a nine-year-old girl, who was shot in the chest at her home in Liverpool, police said.
Thomas Cashman, 34, was charged with the boy’s murder and the attempted murder of Olivia’s mother.
Olivia died after convicted burglar Joseph Nee was chased to the Dovecot family home on August 22.
Her mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, was injured in the crash but survived and Cashman, of Grenadier Drive, West Derby, was also charged with the attempted murder of Mrs Korbel and Nee.
Cashman faces two more charges for possession of a life-threatening firearm. Paul Russell, 40, also from West Derby, was charged with aiding and abetting a criminal.
The news was announced by Merseyside Police at a news conference on Saturday night: Chief Prosecutor Maria Corr said the couple will appear in court on Monday.
Olivia died at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool after she was shot dead at her Knotty Ash home when a gunman chasing thief and drug dealer Joseph Nee stormed the property around 10pm: 00 on August 22.
Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel, was shot in the wrist as she desperately tried to close the front door, but the bullet also struck her daughter who was standing behind her.
The boy was taken to the hospital but it was not possible to save him.
Earlier this month, Olivia’s funeral was held at St Margaret Mary’s Church in Knotty Ash.
Attendees at the function wore pink ties, jackets, scarves and bows after her family asked people to wear a “touch of pink.”
Mrs. Korbel brought a pink teddy bear to her service where she said, “Liv has touched the hearts of many and she has been loved and adored by all. She will never be forgotten.
“I will never say goodbye, but what I will say is good night, I love you, see you tomorrow morning.”
Last week, Crimestoppers announced the largest single reward offer ever when they raised it to £200,000 to hunt down the killer.
The charity’s founder and chairman, Lord Ashcroft, said: “This case was incredibly shocking, not just for the people directly involved, but for Liverpool and the nation at large.
“I am delighted that Crimestoppers, with the support of a private donor, can now offer a record £200,000 for information to help catch Olivia’s killer.
“She has lost a precious young life, so we must do everything we can to find the people involved in this horrific murder.”
Police also revealed that the two weapons used were a .38 revolver, the weapon responsible for Olivia’s murder, and a 9mm Glock-style self-loading pistol, used at the beginning of the incident.
Merseyside Chief Superintendent of Investigations Mark Kameen said: “It happened in the middle of summer in an area where innocent locals were enjoying the park. Again, like when that gun was first used in the park. our communities, we find that those who possess it have no concern, thought or loyalty for others or their safety.