Man targeted by gunman who killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel named as convicted burglar Joseph Nee

Mr Nee was arrested for breaching the terms of his release from prison earlier on Wednesday

Published Last updated

The 35-year-old man who was being targeted by the gunman who shot and killed nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel has been named as convicted burglar Joseph Nee.

According to the Liverpol Echo, Nee was arrested for breaching the terms of his release from prison on Wednesday and will be questioned in connection with the nine-year-old’s murder.

Olivia was fatally shot in her own home in the Dovecot area of Liverpool on Monday night when the intended victim forced his way in as he tried to escape the gunman chasing him.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said the 35-year-old had allegedly breached his licence conditions with “poor behaviour” and had been detained in hospital.

Joseph Nee
Joseph Nee

A statement from Merseyside Police said earlier on Wednesday: “A 35-year-old man, suspected to have been the target of the shooting, has been detained in hospital on a prison recall after breaching the terms of his licence.

“He will be recalled to prison to serve the remainder of his licence. He will be further questioned in connection with the murder and remains in a stable condition.”

Nee who had entered the family home suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body and, as Olivia lay dying, was picked up and taken to hospital by friends driving a dark-coloured Audi.

Nee was jailed for 45 months in 2018 after admitting two counts burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified after leading police on a 125mph chase.

He was freed from prison on licence last year when he was automatically released part-way through a fixed jail term.

More to follow...