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Thomas Cashman sentenced to life, with a minimum of 42 years in prison for the murder of 9-year old Olivia Pratt-Korbel

The judge stated that there is no other suitable punishment for the murder of Olivia than a mandatory life sentence.

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Thomas Cashman, who was a drug-dealer, has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 42 years for killing nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

Mrs. Justice Yip, the presiding judge, acknowledged the “unimaginable loss” suffered by Olivia’s family and commended the courage and resilience shown by Cheryl Korbel, Olivia’s mother.

The judge stated that there is no other suitable punishment for the murder of Olivia than a mandatory life sentence.

Last week, Thomas Cashman, aged 34, was found guilty of murdering nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel and causing grievous bodily harm to her mother, Cheryl, aged 46, in pursuit of convicted drug dealer Joseph Nee, whom he chased into their home in the Dovecot area of Liverpool on August 22 of last year.

Gasps were heard from the public gallery as the sentence was announced, and Cheryl and other members of Olivia’s family were seen crying.

Cashman has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 22 years for the attempted murder of Joseph Nee.

He has also been sentenced to 10 years for intentionally injuring Cheryl Korbel, Olivia’s mother, with the intent to cause serious harm, and 18 years for two firearms offenses.

Cashman has been ordered to serve the sentences concurrently, indicating that he must serve a minimum of 42 years, less the 182 days he spent in remand, before he is eligible for release by a parole board.


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