Record £200,000 bounty in hunt for girl’s killer

Record £200,000 bounty in hunt for girl’s killer


The reward for finding Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s killers is raised to £200,000 when police reveal that the gunman who killed a 9-year-old was wielding a Glock pistol that was used in TWO other shootings in Liverpool.

The nine-year-old girl was shot during an altercation when two men broke into her Liverpool home on 22 August.

Olivia’s mother, Cheryl Korbel, was shot in the wrist while trying to close the door and her daughter was fatally shot in the chest.

Merseyside Police made nine arrests as part of the investigation, but no charges were brought.

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Olivia Pratt Korbel
Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Record £200,000 Bounty in Hunt for Girl Killer

The record £200,000 bounty offered on Wednesday is made up of an amount of £100,000 offered by a private donor, which charity founder Lord Ashcroft has matched. It’s the biggest single bounty offer in its history.

At a press conference, the officer in charge of the murder investigation described the killer as ‘toxic’ and a ‘stain’ on the community.

Investigators also identified two weapons used in the shooting – a .38 revolver that killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel and a Glock 9mm pistol that was used in three Merseyside attacks over a period of two and a half years.

Merseyside Chief Detective Superintendent Mark Kameen also urged patience as the force investigates the nine-year-old boy’s murder.

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He said: “I recognize that people will wonder and question why no one has been charged despite these arrests.

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“If I could assure you that this is normal practice in any complex investigation, the threshold for arresting someone is much lower than the threshold for prosecuting someone. Please be patient with us. The investigation is advancing.

“The detectives involved in bringing justice to Olivia and her family are working tirelessly with true care and passion to achieve the goal of securing these charges against everyone involved in her murder. It doesn’t matter how small their role is.”

Investigating officers worked over 15,000 hours, combed through thousands of hours of CCTV and investigated over 400 pieces of information passed on by the public.

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He added: “These people have crossed the line. This toxic individual stole Olivia of her future. The family will carry the trauma of losing Olivia for the rest of their lives. We identified the two weapons. One is a .38 revolver and the other is a Glock 9mm automatic pistol.”

The officer said the revolver was used in the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel. Meanwhile, the Glock was used in three criminal incidents.

Of the people covering the killer, he warned: “Your loyalty to this man is totally misplaced. This man is toxic to our community.”

People can contact Crimestoppers anonymously through their website or by calling 0800 555 111. More to follow.

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