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26th Aug 2022

Olivia Pratt-Korbel killing: Man arrested on suspicion of murder of nine-year-old girl

Charlie Herbert


The man was arrested in an operation involving armed officers

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

The nine-year-old was tragically shot and killed when a gunman opened fire through the door of her home in Kingsheath Avenue in the Knotty Ash area of Liverpool around 10pm on Monday.

The gunman had been chasing, Joseph Nee, a convicted drug dealer, when he entered Olivia’s family home and opened fire.

Both men were complete strangers to the family.

Police confirmed on Friday that a 36-year-old man from the Huyton area of Liverpool had been arrested after an operation involving armed officers on Thursday night.

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder, the BBC reports.

On Thursday, Olivia’s family released a statement paying tribute to her and pleading for information related to her killing.

They described her as a “unique chatty, nosey little girl who broke the mould when she was born”

They said: “Although her life was short, her personality certainly wasn’t.

“She lived it to the most she could, and would blow people away with her wit and kindness.”

The family went on to appeal for anyone with information to come forward to police, saying “now is the time to speak up.”

“It is not about being a ‘snitch’ or a ‘grass’ it is about finding out who took our baby away from us,” they added.

Nee, the intended target of the shooting, remains in hospital and will be returned to prison once his “treatment is finalised”.

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