The jury decided that Thomas Cashman was responsible for the death of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was nine years old at the time and was shot to death at her home in Liverpool.
Who Is Thomas Cashman? What Happened To Olivia Pratt-Korbel
When he chased another drug dealer into their home on the evening of August 22nd, 34-year-old Thomas Cashman shot and killed Olivia Korbel, and also injured Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel.
After an 18-day trial at the Manchester Crown Court, Thomas Cashman, 34, of Grenadier Drive, West Derby, was found guilty of a number of additional charges, including attempted murder, the wounding of Olivia’s mother Cheryl, and two firearms offenses.
This verdict came after Thomas Cashman faced and was tried for these charges. The Manchester Crown Court jury, which consisted of 10 men and 2 women, deliberated for a total of nine hours and three minutes before reaching a decision that was unanimous. The judge has postponed the sentencing hearing until Monday, April 3rd.
When Thomas Cashman opened fire while he was following another local criminal, Joseph Nee, who had taken cover inside after seeing that the door was open, Olivia was standing behind her mother when the shots were fired. One bullet entered the room, passed through the door, and struck her mother, Cheryl Korbel, in the hand as she screamed for help.
This woman was gravely wounded. Korbel, who was present at each and every day of the nearly four-week-long trial, said that she was “ecstatic” at the judgment of guilty, and as she exited Manchester crown court, she was seen holding aloft a pink teddy bear.
Thomas Cashman was found guilty of two counts of possessing weapons, attempted murder of Nee, hurting Korbel with intent by shooting her through the hand, and other charges, and he wept in the dock as the news was read to him. The jury had been deliberating for close to nine hours at this point.
When he is sentenced on Monday for the act that the police described on Thursday as an “abhorrent” crime that shook the country, he faces the possibility of life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years.
Mark Baker, a senior investigative officer, and Detective Superintendent made the following statement: “The outcome of today’s proceedings will never be able to bring Olivia back, and I am certain that her family will carry this burden for the rest of their lives.
“I would want to express my gratitude to Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel, and father, John Pratt, as well as their families, for the grace with which they have conducted themselves during the proceedings.
“Reliving the horrific events that took place on that night in August of last year must have been an intolerable experience for all of them. This is especially true for Cheryl, who was also hurt during the shooting, as well as Olivia’s brother and sister, Ryan and Chloe, who were in the house at the time of the shooting and saw the traumatic aftermath of Thomas Cashman’s heinous actions.
“The most important witness in this matter has shown remarkable bravery throughout the proceedings. She has taken a stand for what is just and for what is right. Her testimony was compelling and moving, and most importantly, she was honest throughout the entire process.
It is because of her bravery that the murderer of a kid who was nine years old has been brought to justice, and she has every reason to be proud of herself. I sincerely hope that her bravery inspires other individuals to act honorably in the course of future investigations.
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