The brother of Olivia Pratt Korbel has told a court he heard her saying “I’m scared” before she was shot dead.

Thomas Cashman is accused of fatally shooting Olivia and injuring her mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, after chasing Joseph Nee into their house in Dovecot, Liverpool, on 22 August, 2022.

Mr Cashman, 34, denies the murder of Olivia, the attempted murder of Mr Nee, wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Olivia’s mother, and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

In a video interview played to Manchester Crown Court on Friday, Olivia’s brother, Ryan Korbel, said he had been in his room when he heard three loud bangs.

He said: “The next thing I heard was footsteps across the landing. It was Olivia, she was running downstairs screaming: ‘Mum, I’m scared’.”

A police officer asked Mr Korbel if he knew what Olivia was scared of.

He said: “No, she literally said ‘I’m scared mummy, I’m scared’. Then I heard her footsteps.

“Downstairs she said it another two times ‘I’m scared, I’m scared’ and then everything else just kicked off.”

Mr Korbel said he went to the landing and saw Olivia four or five steps up from the bottom of the staircase, a man lying on the floor and his mother “wrestling” with the door.

He said: “My mum and the fella, who I believe was Joseph Nee, who I’m quite happy to name, then got the door shut.

“The door’s burst back open but my mum’s behind it.

“An arm’s come round the door with a black handgun and another shot’s gone off, it could be two, I can’t remember.

“Olivia was in hysterics, my mum was in hysterics, my 18-year-old sister was in hysterics, we all were.”

Asked to describe the arm he saw appear around the door, Mr Korbel sad: “All I seen was an arm, a hand and a gun.”

He told officers Mr Nee was sitting on his doorstep and then went outside, where Mr Korbel followed him and was “screaming abuse”.

“I didn’t know my sister had been hit at this point,” he said. “He collapsed in the middle of the road.”

Mr Nee was then picked up by two men in an SUV.

Mr Korbel told police: “My mum put Liv in my arms and told me to keep pressure on her chest.

“I didn’t now why until I lifted her pyjama top up and seen a hole.”

Mr Korbel said Mr Nee was injured but he did not think he had been shot while inside the house. “He cowered behind the door like a shithouse,” he said. “It keeps going over and over in my head.”

A neighbour, Hayley Freeman told the court she and another neighbour, Patricia Cowhig, were at Ms Korbel’s home in the living room having a cup of tea when they heard loud bangs outside.

Ms Korbel went to her front door to find out what was going on, when Nee, pursued by the gunman, tried to get into the house to escape as Olivia’s mother tried to slam the door and block his way, the court heard.

Ms Freeman said in a statement: “I remember Cheryl screaming and the sound of a struggle.

“We both got up and ran into the back kitchen. We shut the door and called 999.

“I heard another bang and saw a flash. I then heard Cheryl screaming, I remember her saying Liv’s name and that Liv had been shot.”

The trial, expected to last four weeks, continues.

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