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Mother of Olivia Pratt-Korbel tells her daughter’s killer to ‘own up’ in emotional video | UK News

The mother of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel has told her killer to “own up” in an emotional video appeal.

Cheryl Korbel, whose daughter was fatally shot in their home in Dovecot, Liverpool, paid tribute to her “little shadow” in the video, which was filmed and released by Merseyside Police.

Wearing a cast on her wrist after she was injured during the shooting, a tearful Ms Korbel said she hoped whoever was responsible for the killing would come forward.

Undated family handout photo issued by Merseyside Police of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel. The father of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was shot dead in Liverpool, has said the family has been "deprived of a real light in our lives", adding that her death "cannot be in vain". John Francis Pratt and his wider family said in a statement that "words can't express the pain we are going through after Olivia was so cruelly snatched away from us". Issue date: Tuesday September 6, 2022.
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Olivia Pratt-Korbel

“You know you’ve done wrong so you need to own up,” she said.

“Like I’ve taught my kids, you do something wrong, you own up to it.

“If anyone is hiding these guns, they need to speak up because they need to be off these streets.

“No one, no one at all should have to go through this.”

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Ms Korbel said Olivia was “amazing” and “loved life”.

“She was my little shadow. She went everywhere with me,” Ms Korbel added.

“Everyone she met, they all fell in love with her. She left a mark on everyone she met.

“She may well have only been nine but she packed a lot in to those nine years.

“She never, never stopped talking – and that’s what I miss the most because I can’t hear her talk.

“We were organising days out, we were on the summer holidays. We took Liv swimming.

“We went to Blackpool, just me and Liv.

“We were talking about going to get a new uniform for school but I didn’t get that chance to get a new uniform.

“But I’ll keep going, for Liv.”

Earlier, Olivia’s father paid tribute to his daughter and said her death “cannot be in vain”, as he called for anyone with information on her death to come forward.

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In a statement, John Francis Pratt and his wider family said: “We don’t want another child to lose their life in such horrendous circumstances and we don’t want to see another family suffer like we are suffering now.

“Olivia’s death cannot be in vain and we want people to feel safe and be safe, that can only happen if we all come together and make sure there is no place for guns, or those who use guns on our streets or in our communities.”

Olivia was shot in her home when a gunman chased convicted burglar Joseph Nee into the property at about 10pm on 22 August.

A post-mortem examination found the medical cause of her death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

A 34-year-old man from Liverpool arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder remains in custody after police were granted an extension to continue questioning him.

Three other men have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel: CCTV released of another man as police continue to hunt killer | UK News

Detectives investigating the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool have released footage of another man seen in the area as they continue the search for her killer.

Merseyside Police shared a clip of a man with short hair in a bright jacket, appealing for anyone who saw him, or knows his name, to come forward.

“We believe he may have important information that could help us catch her killer,” the force said on Twitter.

Officers have also revealed that two guns were used in the shooting, in which her mother Cheryl Korbel and the gunman’s intended target, Joseph Nee, were both injured.

The nine-year-old girl was killed after she was shot by the masked attacker who had chased Nee into Olivia’s family home on Kingsheath Avenue in the Dovecot area at around 10pm on Monday 22 August.

Separate CCTV previously released shows what police believe to be the gunman running away from the scene.

A service will be held for the nine-year-old in Liverpool on 15 September, according to a funeral director’s notice.

“Family requested everyone to wear a splash of pink,” the message on the website of Debbie Bennett Funeral Directors said.

“Olivia will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

“Funeral Mass at St Margaret Mary’s Church, Pilch Lane, Dovecot on 15 September at 11am, followed by a private burial.”

The church, next to her school, held a vigil for Olivia on Wednesday.

Families of serial killer Stephen Port’s victims get payouts from the Met over investigation failings | UK News

The families of three of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port have been given compensation by the Metropolitan Police over the force’s handling of the investigation into the killings.

The Met said it had settled civil claims with the relatives of Anthony Walgate and Gabriel Kovari and the partner of Daniel Whitworth.

Port was jailed in 2016 for the murders of the three men and a fourth victim, Jack Taylor.

He was given a whole life order, meaning he will never be released.

A spokesperson for the Met said in a statement: “The Metropolitan Police Service has settled civil claims from the families of Anthony Walgate and Gabriel Kovari as well as the partner of Daniel Whitworth.

“We have previously apologised to the families for the police failings in this matter and understand the impact these have had and the distress caused. We apologise again now.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families as always.”

Port’s killing spree lasted between June 2014 and September 2015. He would arrange to meet his victims via online gay and bisexual social networks and dating or hook-up apps. They were then drugged, raped, murdered and their bodies dumped.

An inquest jury found that officers in Barking, east London missed repeated opportunities to catch Port after he plied his first victim, Anthony Walgate, with a fatal dose of the date-rape drug GHB.

Port struck three more times before he was caught, killing each victim in near-identical circumstances, with police failing to link him to the deaths despite detective work carried out by the victims’ family and friends that would lead to the culprit.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout file photos issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) Daniel Whitworth, Jack Taylor, Anthony Walgate and Gabriel Kovari. The long-awaited inquests into the deaths of the victims of Stephen Port will get under way on Tuesday. Over the next 10 weeks, an inquest jury will hear details of how four young gay man met their deaths at the hands of the serial killer between June 2014 and September 2015. Issue date: Tuesday October 5, 2021.
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Port’s victims: (left to right) Daniel Whitworth, Jack Taylor, Anthony Walgate and Gabriel Kovari.

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The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is reinvestigating the Met over its initial handling of their cases.

The watchdog said there is evidence that the original probe into the conduct of officers was “materially flawed”.

It added that “new information” had come forward at inquests last year into the deaths of the four men.

In January, a coroner’s report on the deaths of Port’s victims identified a “large number of very serious and very basic investigative failings” by police.

This included a “lack of professional curiosity” about the cases.

Officers had denied accusations of prejudice and homophobia, blaming mistakes on being understaffed and lacking resources.