Olivia Pratt-Korbel murderer Thomas Cashman will not have jail sentence extended

The jail term of Olivia Pratt-Korbel's killer, Thomas Cashman, will not be extended beyond its current 42-year term, the government has said.

Olivia was killed at age nine by gunshot in her own home in Dovecot, last summer.

Last month (April), Cashman, 34, was found guilty and sentenced for the murder.

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Following the high-profile case, the office of the Attorney General is understood to have received a number of requests for apparel from members of the public.

Many requested the case go to the Court of Appeal to be appealed under the Unduly Lenient Scheme because they felt his sentence was not long enough.

Michael Tomlinson KC, Solicitor General of the United Kingdom, said in a statement released to the LiverpoolEcho, however,that the case wouldn’t be referred for appeal.

Mr Tomlinson KC said: “Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s senseless murder at the hands of Thomas Cashman shocked and sickened the nation.

“Because of the strong feelings this case evokes, it was little surprise that I received several requests under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, to consider the sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum term of 42 years that was handed down to him.

“My duty as a Law Officer in considering whether sentences may be unduly lenient is to act independently of government, even when it is not easy or popular.

“Having received detailed legal advice and considered the issues raised very carefully, I have concluded Cashman’s case cannot properly be referred to the Court of Appeal."

He said such a referral was only possible if a "rigorous legal test is met, irrespective of the seriousness of the crime or the emotions the offending may evoke."

Mr Tomlinson added that the threshold of the test is "a high one and that was not met in this case."

He continued: “The test is only met if the sentencing judge made a gross error or imposed a sentence outside the range reasonably available in the circumstances of the offending.

“My thoughts remain with Olivia’s family and friends who have shown such immeasurable strength during this devastating time.”

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