Olivia Pratt-Korbels brother storms out of court as murderers assistant jailed

The distraught brother of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel stormed out of court as the man who assisted her killer was handed a measly sentence.

Paul Russell, 41, was sentenced to 22 months in prison after he gave killer Thomas Cashman a lift from the home of Russell's partner, where the gunman had fled to after shooting Olivia dead on August 22 last year.

He also returned and collected a bag of clothing Cashman, 34, had worn during the shooting, which he then passed to another accomplice who has not been identified, theECHO reports.

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He pleaded guilty to assisting an offender in October, with the gunman having been unanimously convicted of murdering the schoolgirl by a jury last month.

Russell will be free inside six months, however, after the judge took into account the time spent on remand and will be given a new identity upon his release, appearing to rattle Ryan Korbel.

Mr Tom Schofield, defending, highlighted how Russell gave Cashman's name to police and had been "terrified of him".

But as he told the court that a sentence of under two years could be suspended, Olivia's brother, Ryan Korbel, walked out.

Ryan Korbel was at home with his two sisters, his mum and two neighbours on Kingsheath Avenue, Dovecot, when Cashman opened fire in the street outside, at around 10pm on August 22 last year.

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John Pratt, Olivia's dad, also appeared frustrated at Liverpool Crown Court during the hearing.

He said "so what?" as the court heard Russell was finding his time in prison "isolating"

The Liverpool ECHO reported that the court today heard that Russell was "not aware of the true horror" of what Cashman had done when he agreed to help him.

Mr Schofield told the court: "“His involvement in the events of August 22, however substantial or peripheral, will be a source of shame until the day he dies. He will never live them down."

Mr Schofield told the court that Russell had been threatened in prison and had been moved to an unidentified facility under an "assumed identity".

He had also been handed a threat to life notice by police, known as an Osman Warning, after he was charged.

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