The tragic murder of little Olivia Pratt-Korbel: 3 men arrested over killing of 9-year-old in her own home
DOVECOT, LIVERPOOL: Three men have been arrested over the killing of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was shot dead at her home on August 22. The men, aged between 29 and 41, were arrested on Sunday, September 4 in the Runcorn and Liverpool areas, respectively.
According to a press release by Merseyside police, a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The release read, “Detectives have this afternoon, Sunday 4 September, arrested a further suspect in connection with the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel. Officers executed warrants at two addresses in the Liverpool area and arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender. He is in police custody where he is being questioned by detectives.” The release further spoke about the other two arrests made in the Runcorn area in the early hours of September 4, with one suspect arrested on suspicion of murder. It said, “A 34-year-old man from Liverpool has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. He is in police custody where he is being questioned by detectives. A 41-year-old man from Knowsley has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and is also in custody.”
ARRESTS | Two men have been arrested in relation to the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel. A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and a 41-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.https://t.co/tmekLGmane pic.twitter.com/Fr3IKsytSh— Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) September 4, 2022
What do we know so far?
As previously reported, an unidentified gunman shot Olivia in a gang war after barging into her house while chasing Joseph. When the gunman opened fire, Olivia was standing behind her mother Cheryl. Cheryl was shot in the wrist, and the bullet passed through her and into Olivia's chest, leading to the girl's death. On August 23, Joseph Nee, the 35-year-old convicted burglar who was the intended target of a masked attacker, was arrested in hospital for violating his license conditions, and Merseyside police said he would be returned to prison. On August 29, a RIP note was found near Olivia's house that read, "So sorry for the loss of beautiful Olivia. Rest in peace. Thinking of your family, Nee family," reported by DailyMail.
Commenting on the ongoing investigation, as quoted by the release, Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Investigations, Mark Kameen, 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." He also added, “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.”
Anyone with information about Olivia's tragic murder is asked to DM @MerPolCC or contact @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.