Thomas Cashman has appealed his 42-year jail sentence for the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel – delivering another blow to the family of the nine-year-old who died from gunshot wounds. Cashman was sentenced less than three weeks ago for the murder of Olivia who died after being shot in her family home in August 2022. A Court of Appeal official said yesterday: “We received an application for leave to appeal the claimant’s sentence yesterday.”
A single appeal court judge will now decide if the thug should be given the opportunity to appeal. If he is, the case will be heard by three judges sitting at the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, reports the Mirror.
Cashman shot Olivia dead at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, last August.
Manchester Crown Court heard during the prosecution’s opening earlier this month that an armed man had been “relentlessly pursuing” Joseph Nee shortly before 10pm on August 22 2022 after approaching him and a man called Paul Abraham from behind and firing shots at his “target” with a 9mm self-loading pistol.
Nee – who had been watching the Liverpool vs Manchester United game with friends including Paul Abraham at a house on Finch Lane in Dovecot – was struck in the midriff and fell to the ground, but may have been saved when the gun appeared to “malfunction” as the gunman stood over him.
He was then able to scramble to his feet and ran towards the Korbel family home on Kingsheath Avenue, where he barged through the partially open front door.
The assailant, however, had a second firearm – a revolver – and continued to give chase, firing a further two shots with this weapon.
Olivia’s mum Cheryl Korbel, 46, was hit in the wrist as she tried to keep the door shut. The same bullet then hit her daughter, who was hiding behind her.
Her last words were: “Mum, I’m scared.”
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