Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s killer Thomas Cashman could have his 42-year sentence increased to life after complaints it’s too lenient
- Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s killer could have his 42-year prison sentence increased
- A complaint has been filed that the killer’s punishment was too lenient
Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s killer, Thomas Cashman, may have his 42-year sentence increased to life after complaints that it was too lenient.
Thomas Cashman, 34, intended to kill drug dealer Joseph Nee, 36, but ended up shooting Olivia by the hand of her 46-year-old mother Cheryl on August 22, at their home in Dovecot, Liverpool.
The Attorney General’s office told MailOnline: “We have received a request to take this sentence into account under the too lenient sentence scheme.
The agency has a deadline of May 1, 28 days after Cashman’s April 3 sentencing, to decide whether to refer the complaint to the Court of Appeals.
If so, judges could increase Cashman’s 42-year sentence to life.
Killer Thomas Cashman, 34, (pictured), could have his 42-year sentence extended after a complaint was filed that it is too lenient
Olivia was fatally shot in the chest on August 22 last year at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool
Thomas Cashman, pictured here in a court sketch after the verdicts were read, sobbed after being found guilty
Olivia’s devastated family cried tears of relief earlier this month when 34-year-old Cashman was convicted of murder by Manchester Crown Court.
Cashman had attempted to carry out his assassination assignment on Nee while walking home from a friend’s house, but his gun jammed and Cashman’s target fled and stormed into Olivia’s house in an attempt to save himself.
Although he claimed in court that he was merely a cannabis dealer, he was said to be known as a hit man who “had no thought of putting a bullet in someone’s head.”
Cashman, a father of two, insisted he had been with a friend around the time of the shooting, where he counted £10,000 in cash and smoked a joint.
During his testimony, he told the court, “I’m not a murderer, I’m a father.”
Cashman was sentenced to 42 years in prison for killing nine-year-old schoolgirl Olivia (pictured)
The killer had attempted to execute the murder of Joseph Nee (pictured) while walking home from a friend’s house, but his gun jammed and Cashman’s target fled and stormed into Olivia’s house in an attempt to save himself.
Thomas Cashman, 34, intended to kill drug dealer Joseph Nee, 36, but ended up shooting Olivia by the hand of her 46-year-old mother Cheryl (pictured) on August 22, at their home in Dovecot, Liverpool
Cheryl Korbel’s right hand showed the scars of the shooting as she held a teddy bear outside court in memory of her daughter on March 30.
But a woman who had an affair with Cashman told the jury that he came to her house after the shooting, where he changed clothes and she heard him say he “did Joey.”
Thomas Cashman’s lover went into witness protection shortly after revealing to police how he fled to her house after killing Olivia.
Cashman told the court she was a “woman despised” and accused her of lying because she wanted to “ruin” his life.
Thomas Cashman’s former lover gave testimony from behind a screen, saying she “ruined her life” to help put the killer away.
She described how on the night of August 22 last year, drug dealer Cashman jumped over backyards to take refuge in her home.
After realizing he had killed nine-year-old Olivia, she had reported the man she had been “in love” with to the police, risking her own life.
MailOnline has contacted the Attorney General’s office for comment.