Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Everything We Know – And Don't Know – So Far

The nine-year-old was fatally shot on Monday night.
Nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was fatally shot on Monday night at her home in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool.
Nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was fatally shot on Monday night at her home in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, Liverpool.
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The shooting that killed nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel on Monday night shocked the country.

Days later, there’s still plenty we don’t know. Here’s what has been reported so far.

What we know

Monday night

Olivia was shot while her mother Cheryl Korbel struggled against two men near the entry door of her Liverpool home on Kingsheath Avenue, Dovecot.

Korbel, 46, had opened the door to see what the noise was outside her house at approximately 10pm, when a person forced his way into her home in a bid to escape the gunman.

The shooter, who was masked and held a handgun, has been described as a 5ft 7 man of slim build, who was wearing a black padded jacket, black balaclava and black gloves.

Olivia was then fatally shot. Her mother was shot in the wrist by the same bullet when she tried to shut the door.

The man with the gun fired twice more into the house, and one of those shots hit the other man in the upper body.

This injured figure was then driven away in a black Audi and dropped off at nearby hospital while Olivia and her mother were still in their home.

This car has since been seized by the police.

Officers soon arrived at the scene of the crime, and took Olivia to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she later died.

Her mother was taken to another hospital by paramedics, and is still recovering.


Police arrested two men on suspicion of the murder, but they were later released on bail.

Merseyside Police said on Friday evening a 33-year-old man, from Dovecot, had been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder.

He was arrested by armed officers on Lunsford Road on Friday.

The man was taken to a police station where he will be questioned by detectives.

It comes after a 36-year-old man, from the Huyton area, was arrested on suspicion of Olivia’s murder, and two counts of attempted murder, after an operation involving armed officers on Thursday.

The 36-year-old man has been recalled to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

Aerial footage of the arrest by armed police of a 36-year-old Huyton man on suspicion of the murder of nine year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool.
Aerial footage of the arrest by armed police of a 36-year-old Huyton man on suspicion of the murder of nine year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool.
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The man who first ran into Olivia’s home before being shot and injured himself has also been arrested, and named as Joseph Nee, a convicted burglar.

Merseyside Police say he is the intended target of the shooting. He is now being detained in hospital on prison recall after breaching the terms of his licence.

He was sent to prison in 2018 for 45 months after admitting to two counts of burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified, according to local newspaper Liverpool Echo.

Nee, 35, is to be interviewed by the Merseyside Police in connection with Olivia’s death. As of Wednesday, he is stable in hospital.

Police believe he did not have any links to the family who were under attack.

He was arrested after police officers were given the same name by two different sources.

Nee will now be recalled to prison to serve the rest of his licence (this is when prisoners can be released once they have served part of their sentence).

Merseyside Police’s detective chief superintendent Mark Kameen said officers were “absolutely dedicated” to looking into Olivia’s death.

“In effect, Merseyside Police [is] baring its teeth. We’re proactive, we’re hard-edged and we’ll take the fight to the criminal.”

He said the force is continuing to look into Olivia’s murder, and said: ”[This] was not the time for anyone who knows who was responsible to stay silent.

“It is a time for us all to make Merseyside a place where the use of guns on our streets is totally unacceptable and those who use them are held to account.

“If you saw, heard, captured or know anything, tell us directly or anonymously and we will continue to act.”

Police have been conducting house to house enquiries and looking at CCTV for leads.

“We are receiving CCTV, we are receiving names, we are receiving information,” Kameen said. “I cannot go into any details around those names.”

Police also called on Liverpool’s “criminal fraternity” to declare who killed Olivia.

Prime minister Boris Johnson and Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson have tweeted in support of Olivia’s family and called for the public to come forward if they have any information.

Family tribute

Olivia’s family urged people to come forward help find out “who took our baby away from us” as they paid tribute to the nine-year-old earlier this week.

In a statement released by Merseyside Police, Olivia’s family said: “We as a family are heartbroken and have lost a huge part of our life.

“If anyone knows anything, 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.

“Please do the right thing.”

The family described Olivia, or Liv, as a “unique, chatty, nosey little girl who broke the mould when she was born”.

They said: “She loved life and all it had to offer.

“Liv loved dressing up and was very particular on how she was dressed, like any other little girl she loved doing her make-up and nails, she was nine going on 19.

“Liv was adored by everyone who knew her and would instantly make friends with anyone and everyone.

“She was often seen going up and down the street on her new bike she had just got for her birthday.

“Although her life was short, her personality certainly wasn’t and she lived it to the most she could, and would blow people away with her wit and kindness.”

What we don’t know

  • Further details about the gunman, his relationship to Nee or why they were both on that street.

  • Why the shooter opened fire.

  • How the suspect became armed.

  • Where the gunman is now.


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