The intended target of the shooting which killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel shouted “please don’t” as his friend ran “for his life” from the gunman, Manchester Crown Court has heard. Thomas Cashman is on trial accused of murdering nine-year-old Olivia after she was shot in the chest at her home in Dovecot, Liverpool in August last year. A man called Joseph Nee is believed to have been the intended target. 

The court was shown a police interview with Paul Abraham, who was with Nee when the gunman began firing shots at around 10pm. 

Mr Abraham said he heard loud bands and the pair began to run but said “one must have got Joey”. 

He said: “He fell over. I don’t even know when he got shot, he just fell.

“As he rolled over I just basically jumped over him and went through a gate.”

Mr Abraham said he saw Nee continue running up the street, and the attacker, with two hands on what he thought was a gun, walking up the road.

He said: “As I was going up the entry he (Nee) was saying ‘please don’t’, I heard him shouting ‘please, don’t’.”

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