The killing of Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Cops given EXTRA 36 hours to question suspects in shooting of 9-yr-old
Olivia was pronounced dead an hour post reaching Alder Hey Children's Hospital and at least 200 people attended a vigil in her memory
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DOVECOT, LIVERPOOL: After the police arrested three men in connection to Olivia Pratt-Korbel's fatal shooting, they found themselves at a dead end after they refused to name their fourth accomplice who was actively being searched by the police. Olivia was shot dead at her home on August 22 and the three men, aged between 29 and 41, were arrested on Sunday, September 4 in the Runcorn and Liverpool areas, respectively. Within 24 hours, law enforcement officials were able to find the fourth man and bring the group into questioning.
Merseyside Police revealed that the detectives investigating the murder of the 9-year-old have been granted 36 hours extra for questioning after they arrested the fourth man. The accused who is being questioned is a 34-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and two other men aged 41, from Knowsley, and 29, from Liverpool, who are suspected of assisting an offender. The police, talking about the fourth arrested revealed, "A fourth man was arrested yesterday evening, Sunday 4 September, in relation to the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel. The suspect was stopped on the M42 and the vehicle has been seized."
The police further wrote, "The 34-year-old driver, a man from Liverpool, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and he is in police custody." Warrants were executed at two properties in Liverpool on Sunday. The youngling was shot in the chest on August 22 by a masked gunman who was chasing a former burglar released from prison in the Dovecot area of the city in a suspected gangland feud. Olivia was pronounced dead an hour post reaching Alder Hey Children's Hospital. The heinous crime moved the community so much that the Merseyside community all got together and at least 200 mourners attended a vigil in her memory.
Fourth suspect arrested in Olivia Pratt-Korbel's fatal shooting
It is explained that the killer was chasing Joseph Nee, 35, who just got out of prison. Nee had noticed that Olivia's mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, had opened the door to investigate the commotion outside her house. Seizing this opportunity, he entered the house in an attempt to run away from his chasers, but the gunmen fired into the house, hitting Cheryl on her wrist, and fatally shooting Olivia in her chest. Nee was hit in the upper body. Following this shooting, Nee was escorted away from the scene by his associates. The police also appealed directly to criminal associates of the shooter to turn the killer in for this horrible crime.
Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Investigations, Mark Kameen previously said, "I continue to urge anyone who has information that can help our investigation into Olivia’s tragic murder to please come forward so we can bring those responsible to justice. A number of people have been arrested in respect of this investigation. However, we still need the public’s help in ensuring that we can a build a strong evidential picture so justice is served for Olivia and her family. With this, I appeal for those who may have information, no matter how small, that could continue to help our inquiries to contact us directly or anonymously and we will do the rest."