Ex-lover of ‘killer’ says she ‘just wants justice’ for tragic Olivia

The ex-lover of a man accused of murdering Olivia Pratt-Korbel, nine, in her Dovecot, Liverpool, home has insisted she helped police because she wanted to give the family “justice”. The woman, who remains anonymous, denied lying when she claimed Thomas Cashman said “it’s all gone wrong” after killing her. Thomas Cashman’s barrister, John Cooper KC, claimed she was trying to “ruin” him because he was seeing somebody else.

Cashman, 34, is said to have chased another man, Joseph Nee, into Olivia’s home and is accused of firing his gun, the shot of which missed Nee, instead hitting the mum Cheryl Korbel’s hand, and her daughter who stood behind her in the chest on August 22 last year.

The ex-partner of Cashman told police he had demanded new clothes after dumping the ones he was wearing and said he had “done Joey”.

In a fiery exchange with Mr Cooper at Manchester Crown Court yesterday, she said: “I have had to do what I have had to do for the little girl here. I have had to go through a lot of pain, to think about what Tommy done.”

Mr Cooper suggested Cashman had used her for sex and this made her tell lies.

He said: “About the time of this tragic killing, you were angry, resentful and vindictive.”

But the woman said in response she didn’t want a “relationship with a thug with a small w***”, instead calling her relation to him a “fling”.

She said she didn’t tell police about the nature of their connection because she was “absolutely petrified”.

She added: “Thomas Cashman has done what he’s done and he can’t own it, love.”

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