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The man accused of fatally shooting nine-year-old girl Olivia Pratt-Korbel in her own home was counting cash and rolling a spliff at a friend's house at the time of the incident, a court heard.
Thomas Cashman, 34, told the court in an ongoing trial at Manchester Crown Court today (Wednesday, March 22) that he was counting £10,000 in cash and smoking weed at a friend's house around the time the girl was shot.
Cashman, who previously told the court that he was a “high-level cannabis dealer”, said that around 9pm on the night of the shooting last August he was at the house of a friend, Craig Byrne.
"We counted money then went downstairs, I done myself a spliff in the kitchen, went in the back garden and was having just a general chit-chat with Craig," he told the court.
Cashman denies the charges brought against him and told the court: "I'm getting stitched up for murder of a child that I did not commit. I didn't do it."
He was charged with the murder of Olivia, the attempted murder of Joseph Nee, wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to mum Cheryl Korbel, and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Olivia died after being shot at her family home in Dovecot, Liverpool.
The court heard a bullet passed through the front door, fatally hitting her in the chest after passing through mum Cheryl's hand.
The gunman had been chasing Nee, 36, who was trying to escape from the scene.
Nee had to beg the shooter not to fire the gun, screaming “please don't shoot” as shots were fired, the court heard.
The trial continues.
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