Jurors in Olivia Pratt-Korbel murder trial told to place emotion aside


urors maintain been told not to be influenced by an “emotional reaction” as they were sworn in for the trial of a man accused of shooting of a nine-year-worn girl.

Ten men and two women were selected on Monday to serve on the jury at Manchester Crown Court for the trial of Thomas Chapman, accused of the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

Cashman, 34, is alleged to maintain been the gunman responsible for the fatal shooting of Olivia at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool, at just after 10pm on August 22 last year.

Her mother, Cheryl Korbel, 46, was injured in the shooting as the gunman chased Joseph Nee into their home.

The twelve jurors, who were selected along with two men who will sit as “spare” jurors for the opening, were picked from a panel of 60.

Mrs Justice Yip told them of the importance of not allowing themselves to be “influenced by any emotional reaction or sympathy”.

She said: “Naturally, the death of a child, any child, is a sensitive topic and one where it is normal to experience an emotional reaction.

“It is very necessary for you to carryout your job as jurors you place those emotions aside so you can properly consider the case and the issues you need to consider.”

Jurors were told there was likely to be a “lot of security” around the court building but they should not be affected by it.

Mrs Justice Yip said: “I mention it now because if you are aware of a heavy police presence in and around the building you shouldn’t be surprised by that, you shouldn’t be concerned by that.

“It is perfectly normal when we maintain got high-profile cases going on in this building.”

Before the jurors were selected, Mrs Justice Yip said: “I realise many of you will maintain heard about Olivia’s death, at the time there were lots of reports about it.

“If you did see or hear the news reports you may maintain formed some views at the time.

“It would be perfectly natural to maintain felt shock and upset about it, you may well maintain talked about it with family and friends at the time, as we all tend to carryout.

“The jury who will try the case will be presented with all the evidence.

“Of course, no-one has yet heard any of the evidence, so any views that you or anyone else had at the time of news reports are not informed views that a jury will maintain when they acquire to the conclude of the case.

“The verdict the jury reach will be based on the evidence they hear in court and not on anything else.”

Olivia’s parents and siblings sat with other family members in the courtroom next to the dock, where Cashman was flanked by four officers.

Relatives of Cashman sat in the public gallery at the back of court for the first day of the trial, which will be opened on Tuesday by David McLachlan KC, prosecuting.

Cashman, of Grenadier Drive, West Derby, denies the murder of Olivia, the attempted murder of Nee and the wounding with intent of Olivia’s mother.

He also denies two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.