Olivia Pratt-Korbel murder: What we know so far

Olivia Pratt-Korbel was fatally shot in her home in Dovecot, Liverpool. Credit: Family photo

Nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot and killed when a gunman forced his way into her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, on Monday 22 August.

She is not believed to have been the intended target, with the attacker chasing his target into the house and firing with "complete disregard" for its inhabitants.

Despite being rushed to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital by police officers, Olivia died of her injuries in what officers called a “shocking and appalling” crime.

DCS Mark Kameen and Chief Constable Serena Kennedy from Merseyside Police speak to the media after Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s death Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

What happened to Olivia Pratt-Korbel?

  • At about 10pm on Monday 22 August, a gunman in dark clothes and balaclava fires at two men walking in Kingsheath Avenue.

  • Olivia’s mother, Cheryl, opens her front door after hearing the shots. One of the men, named as convicted burglar Joseph Nee, runs to her and pushes his way inside to escape.

  • Nee is chased by the unknown gunman, who puts his hand through the doorway as Cheryl, 46, attempts to ram it shut.

  • The gunman, armed with two guns, fires into the house. A bullet passes through Cheryl’s wrist and hits Olivia, who is standing directly behind her, in the chest.

Olivia was shot dead in her home in Dovecot. Credit: Family photo
  • He fires twice more at the man before fleeing on foot through the front door.

  • Shown in CCTV footage, the alleged gunman can be seen running along Finch Lane, away from Kingsheath Avenue.

  • The man, who has been repeatedly shot in his upper body, is collected by friends in a black Audi. They take him to hospital as the mother and daughter lie wounded.

  • Police officers arrive at the house and rush Olivia to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she dies.

  • Cheryl is taken by paramedics to Aintree Hospital and treated for her gunshot wound.

A post-mortem examination found Olivia's medical cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

Olivia and her father John at the Christmas Markets. Credit: Family photo

How many people have been arrested?

Nine people in total have been arrested in connection with Olivia Pratt-Korbel's murder.

Several arrests have been made in connection with Olivia's murder. Credit: Family photo

On Sunday 4 September, police arrested four men in connection with Olivia's murder.

  • A 34-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

  • A man, 41, from Knowsley has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

  • A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender in the Liverpool area.

Detectives were granted an extra 36 hours to question the men mentioned above.

  • A 34-year-old, from Liverpool, was stopped 130 miles away from the city on the M42 and arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

On Wednesday 7 September these four men that had been arrested by police were conditionally bailed.

  • On Thursday 8 September, a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

He remains in police custody.

  • On Thursday 8 September, police arrested an 18-year-old man from West Derby, on suspicion of assisting an offender.

  • The following day, a 37-year-old man, also from West Derby, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender on Friday 9 September.

The two men from West Derby have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

On Monday 12 September, detectives carried out searches at West Derby Golf Club to try and find the guns that were used the night nine-year-old Olivia was murdered.

Search teams are being supported by the North West Underwater Search Team and the Merseyside Police drone unit.

The police investigation continues.

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