Was Olivia shooting linked to decade-old murder of gangster's brother?
Was Olivia Pratt-Korbel shooting linked to murder of a gangster’s brother ten years ago? Killer Thomas Cashman believed that his intended target in botched hit had been hired to kill HIM in retaliation for unsolved 2013 killing, insiders claim
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Thomas Cashman believed his intended target on the night he gunned down little Olivia Pratt-Korbel had been hired to kill him as part of a revenge plot, it has been claimed.
Insiders told BBC’s Panorama that the Liverpool thug, 34, wanted to take out Joseph Nee, 36, because he feared his rival was seeking retaliation for a gangland hit he had been linked to 10 years earlier.
Cashman was questioned over the fatal shooting of Karl Bradley in 2013, after his body was found laced with bullets in a snow-covered garden just a few hundred yards from Olivia’s home in Dovecot.
The 31-year-old victim was the brother of notorious gang boss Kirk Bradley, who is currently serving a 22-year jail sentence for heading a ruthless organised crime gang in Merseyside.
Cashman was never charged for the Bradley killing and it has never been solved by investigators – although the case has reportedly been reopened following his conviction.
Karl Bradley’s body was found laced with bullets in a snow covered garden in Penshaw Close, Liverpool in 2013
Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s murderer will be ‘kept in prison isolation for his own protection’ after gangsters placed a £250,000 bounty on his head
It comes after sources told the Sun that Kirk was ‘keen to discuss the matter’ with Cashman as they faced crossing paths in Strangeways prison – raising the prospects of a violent showdown.
After the Bradley murder, Cashman fled to Spain where sources described him as a ‘gun for hire’ who was nicknamed ‘the crazy Scouser’. A number of killings in Spain during this period remain unsolved.
A source this week said: ‘He operated like a ghost. There will be fresh questions about what he got up to.’
They added: ‘Cashman was a prime suspect but police struggled to break a wall of silence.
‘Now a convicted child killer, Cashman has no allies in the city. There is a feeling they won’t protect him.’
Cashman will reportedly be kept in isolation in prison ‘for his own protection’ after gangsters placed a £250,000 bounty on his head.
Karl Bradley was the brother of notorious gang boss Kirk Bradley, who is currently serving a 22-year jail sentence for heading a ruthless organised crime gang in Merseyside
Insiders told BBC’s Panorama that Thomas Cashman, 34, wanted to take out Joseph Nee (pictured left), 36, because he feared his rival was seeking retaliation for a gangland hit he had been linked to 10 years earlier. Cashman was questioned over the fatal shooting of Karl Bradley (pictured right) in 2013, after his body was found laced with bullets in a snow-covered garden
Cashman did not face Olivia’s family at Manchester Crown Court, whining about CPS lawyers turning his trial into a ‘circus’ because they had been celebrating putting him behind bars (Olivia is pictured)
Gang leaders fear the killer ‘knows too much’ and may ‘grass’ on other members in a bid to reduce his sentence.
It comes as one insider told the BBC that Cashman’s claims that he was just a low ranking drug runner were completely false, insisting he was a key part of the organisation.
Speaking anonymously and with a distorted voice, he told Panorama: ‘Saying he’s just selling weed? Not a chance.
‘Cashman has been a gunman for the Liverpool bosses for years… everybody knows he’s got a body count.’
The source claimed he was ‘used by the bosses to settle disputes’ and to make people ‘pay up or threaten them if they get out of line.’
Cashman fatally shot Olivia and injured her mother Cheryl Korbel, while chasing rival gangster Nee, who burst into their home after Ms Korbel opened the door having heard gunshots on August 22 last year.
Police have theorised that Cashman may have been hired to kill Nee, but his exact motive remains unknown.
A police cordon outside the West Derby home where Karl Bradley was killed in 2013
Bradley, 31, who was the brother of notorious Liverpool gangster Kirk Bradley, was shot four times in his garden (Pictured: police at the scene of the 2013 murder)
Cashman was feared in Liverpool’s Dovecot area as a £5,000 a week cannabis dealer and a suspected hitman – so much so, that within days of Olivia’s murder his name was being openly mentioned on a YouTube podcast as likely suspect, leading to Merseyside Police writing a cease and desist letter to the vlogger, The Express reports.
Cashman grew up living with his parents Stephen, a meat worker, and Angela, in a terraced council house just 15 minutes away from Olivia’s home.
He started delivering newspapers and washing cars before working at fairgrounds in Wales after he left school at around the age of 13 or 14.
Before he was convicted for Olivia’s murder, the father-of-two was living in an upmarket area of Liverpool in a £450,000 home.
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