Joseph Nee’s family left a handwritten note and a bouquet of flowers at the scene of Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s murder.
The schoolgirl was shot dead in her home by Thomas Cashman on August 22 of last year.
The 34-year-old had been chasing 36-year-old Joseph Nee, who barged through the front door of the Korbel family home while fleeing for his life.
In the hours after the nine-year-old’s murder, the family of Joseph Nee left a tribute at the scene of the crime near Olivia’s home on Kingsheath Avenue, Liverpool.
The bouquet, which was filled with pink and white roses, was left with a note which said: “So sorry for your loss of beautiful Olivia. Rest in peace. Thinking of all family, Nee family”, reports The Liverpool Echo.
Olivia’s mum Cheryl Korbel was also injured during the shooting, as she fought to close the front door.
Yesterday, Cashman, of Grenadier Drive, was unanimously convicted at Manchester Crown Court after an eighteen-day trial.
The drug dealer was also found guilty of attempting to murder Joseph Nee, wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm against Olivia’s mum Cheryl Korbel and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable Serena Kennedy welcomed the jury’s unanimous verdict, and said: “I offer my sincere condolences to Olivia’s family, but I would also like to pay tribute and pass my thanks on to the SIO (Senior Investigating Officer) Mark Baker and all of his team and the Crown Prosecution Service for all of the work that they’ve done over the past six months to make sure we brought the person responsible for Olivia’s murder, Thomas Cashman, to justice.
“I know that will never bring Olivia back, but hopefully the family will get some small comfort in knowing that the person that took their daughter away from them is now behind bars.”
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