The cold-blooded murder of little Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Suspect arrested after 9-year-old was killed in gang war

The Merseyside Police arrested the suspected man, 36, on Thursday night, August 25, on two counts of attempted murder and suspicion of murder

The cold-blooded murder of little Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Suspect arrested after 9-year-old was killed in gang war
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool (Rebecca Louise/Facebook)
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: A 36-year-old man has been arrested by the officials on suspicion of fatally murdering Olivia Pratt-Korbel in her own house during a wicked "tit for tat" gang war Merseyside Police said.

The Merseyside Police arrested the suspected man on Thursday night, August 25, on two counts of attempted murder and suspicion of murder. The man is from Huyton, an area just 10 minutes away from where Olivia lived with her mother in Dovecot, said, officials. The man is currently in police custody and is being questioned by the detectives. However, convicted drug dealer Joseph Nee was also from the same area.

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Serena Kennedy, the chief constable of Merseyside Police, had appealed to members of the public to come forward and help the officials identify Olivia’s killer. She described it as “a shocking and appalling attack which will reverberate around our communities”. Olivia Pratt-Korbel was brutally killed at her home on Monday night, August 22, when a gunman forcibly entered her house in Dovecot, Liverpool. It is believed that around 10 pm, two men were approached by a lone man, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall. In no time, the gunfire started between the two parties. Responding to the sounds of the gun, Olivia’s mother Cheryl opened her door to see what is happening and seeing the open door as an opportunity, one of the men entered their house.

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Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead in her Liverpool home (Councillor Kris Brown/Facebook)
Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead in her Liverpool home (Councillor Kris Brown/Facebook)

Cheryl gave her best to keep the man out of her house but he forced his way inside, followed by the gunman. The gunman then opened fire through a gap in the doorway, dispensing one bullet which hit Cheryl in the wrist and Olivia in the chest. A further two bullets were fired at the man who had forced his way into the house, as the gunman continued to try and force his way in.

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That one shot left Olivia dead and her mother with a severe gunshot woynd. Thankfully, Cheryl is now fine and has been discharged from the hospital. The man who forcefully entered their house was identified as Joseph Nee, 36. Nee, from Dovecot, was shot in the upper body and taken to hospital in a black Audi by a third man. Now he has been arrested and is also being questioned by the detectives. The convicted drug dealer was jailed for three years and nine months in 2018 for burglary.

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Joseph Nee was released last year from prison under a policy of automatic release at the halfway point of his sentence.  (Cheshire Police/PA)
Joseph Nee was released last year from prison under a policy of automatic release halfway through his sentence (Cheshire Police/PA)

Relatives of the school girl have vowed they will "get justice" and have warned her killer that the girl’s photo will “haunt you for the rest of your days”. Cousin Rebecca Louise said, ‘'I don’t think I or the family will ever find the words to describe the heartache we have all felt in the past 24 hours. We haven’t just lost our Liv, we’ve lost a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin, and a granddaughter." She added, "Our little Liv who was full of life, full of sass and most definitely knew what she wanted in life." Louise paid tribute in a Facebook post in which she apologized to the "crazy beautiful Olivia" for ''the cruel world we live in and the monsters in it."

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