Olivia Pratt-Korbel killer Thomas Cashman ‘linked to unsolved gangland murders’

The killer of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel has been linked to three major unsolved “gangland murders,” a source has claimed.

Thomas Cashman was convicted of murder at Manchester Crown Court earlier this week (March 30) for shooting dead little Olivia on August 22 last year.

A rogue bullet passed through the front door of her family's home, on Kingsheath Avenue in Dovecot, Liverpool, hitting her mum, Cheryl Korbel, in the hand before striking her in the chest.

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The child was rushed to nearby Alder Hey Children's Hospital by two police officers attending the scene but was pronounced dead at 11.24pm that night.

Cashman was also found guilty of the attempted murder of the intended target of the shooting Joseph Nee, 36, wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Olivia’s mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

According to The Mirror, a source has claimed that Cashman has been a suspect in the shootings of Nick Ayers, Karl Bardley and Blake Brown.

Ayers, 46, was shot dead on South Cantril Avenue, West Derby, on April 29 2010, and three years later on the morning of March 22 2013, Karl Bradley's body was found in the back garden of a house on Penshaw Close, West Derby.

Blake Brown was later killed close to the front door of the Aigburth, Liverpool, bail hostel where he was living in October 2016.

The source – thought to be a relative of one of the victims – said: “It was an emotional day when we heard the news from court.

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“Happy for Olivia’s family and sad at the same time – you never get over something like that.

“We talk about before and after it happened, and living in the community makes you very suspicious.

“The killer might now be in jail but we still don’t have answers, it’s not just one person

“Who gave them the gun, who gave the orders? We need evidence.

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“Maybe this might mean other people with information will now speak out.

“The police need to investigate all these murders.”

After Cashman was found guilty, a spokesman for Merseyside Police said that they hoped the verdict would “deter” others from using guns in the city of Liverpool.

They added: “The investigation has been a relentless pursuit of the truth.”

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