Olivia’s mother walks out of court as Cashman denies shooting

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The mother of Olivia Pratt-Korbel walked out of court as the man accused of shooting the nine-year-old denied her murder.

Giving evidence for a third day at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday, Thomas Cashman, 34, was shown CCTV footage of the gunman carrying out the shooting in Dovecot, Liverpool, on August 22 last year.

The footage showed the man, alleged to be Cashman, chasing convicted drug dealer Joseph Nee, 36, and firing three shots in the street.

In another clip a fourth shot can be heard.

Thomas Cashman court case
Olivia Pratt-Korbel was fatally shot by a gunman who chased Joseph Nee into her home in Dovecot, Liverpool (Family Handout/PA)

Cashman replied: “No, it’s not me.”

Mr McLachlan said: “You’re not prepared to, in the words of somebody else, own this, Mr Cashman, because you killed a little girl?”

Cashman said: “No, I did not kill a little girl.”

He questioned whether his DNA had been found on the door of Olivia’s family home and suggested Nee had given the name of another suspect.

Mr McLachlan said: “You’re not prepared to own this?”

Cashman replied: “I did not do it, that’s why.”

Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel, who was injured when the gunman chased Nee into their house, walked out of court following the denial.

Cashman has admitted selling cannabis but told the court he was “not a bad drug dealer”.

Thomas Cashman denied he was the person seen on CCTV
Thomas Cashman denied he was the person seen on CCTV (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

“I’m not a bad drug dealer who sells Class A drugs, I don’t do anything bad.

“I sell cannabis in my local area whereabouts I grew up. Some people might look at that as a bad thing because a drug dealer’s a drug dealer.

“I don’t look at it as I’m a bad person for doing that.”

He said a woman he had a fling with, who claimed he had gone to her house after the shooting, was a “woman scorned”.

He said: “This is how low they’d go.”

Cashman was questioned on his movements in the lead up to the shooting.

He was asked why he had left his home in West Derby, Liverpool, at about 8.30pm.

Mr McLachlan said: “Were you starting to get excited?”

Cashman replied: “No, I was not starting to get excited.”

Mr McLachlan said: “Were you starting to get in the murder frame of mind?”

Cashman said: “No, I was not getting in no murder frame of mind whatsoever.”

The defendant, of Grenadier Drive, Liverpool, denies the murder of Olivia, the attempted murder of Nee, wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Olivia’s mother, and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The trial was adjourned until Friday.

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