Olivia Pratt-Korbel murder trial witness attacked at home by masked knifeman

An attack has been launched at the home of a trial witness in the Olivia Pratt-Korbel case, with a "masked man" storming the property.

A large police cordon is still in place at the Snowberry Road address of Nicholas McHale, 32, with Merseyside Police confirming a man was taken to hospital due to an assault.

The unidentified victim was left with lacerations to the head, which were treated in hospital before his discharge.

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Mr McHale had previously told the court he had stashed cannabis for murderer Thomas Cashman, who fatally shot and killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel, nine, last year.

Previous evidence given by McHale in court noted he believed Thomas Cashman was "innocent" as he claims to have spoken to the child-killer at the time of the fatal shooting.

Cashman has since been convicted of Olivia's murder and the attempted murder of intended target Joseph Nee, as well as wounding Olivia's mum, Cheryl Korbel, with intent.

A masked man made his way into the property of Mr McHale last night, with sources claiming the door was "kicked in" and hanging off its hinges.

Forensic investigators were seen going in and out of the property, while Detective Inspector Michael Fletcher addressed the "terrifying and violent" incident.

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He said: "This was a terrifying and violent attack on a man who has suffered significant cuts and wounds to his head. The investigation is in its very early stages and I would like to reassure residents that our officers remain at the scene to investigate the attack.

"At this point we believe that the offender was armed with a sharp object and we are determined to find this and whoever was responsible for this frightening assault.

"The incident happened late last night when people would have been inside their homes therefore I would urge residents to think about what they may have seen, or heard, as it could be vital."

CCTV enquiries are currently underway as well as house-to-house responses in an attempt to identify the masked attacker.

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