Thomas Cashman, the person accused of murdering nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool final August, is harmless, an alibi witness has instructed Manchester Crown Court.
Nicky McHale instructed a jury he noticed Cashman, 34, smoking hashish in a backyard across the time of the capturing at about 10pm on August 22.
Mr McHale, 32, mentioned he had been watching soccer on TV at dwelling on Snowberry Road, Dovecot, and when the match had completed he went outdoors to smoke a cigarette.
While he stood at his entrance door, Mr McHale instructed the jury, he seemed throughout the street and noticed Cashman smoking hashish within the entrance backyard of the home reverse.
The pair spoke briefly concerning the soccer match, Mr McHale mentioned, earlier than he went again inside his dwelling.
Mr McHale’s proof was challenged by the prosecution’s barrister, David McLachlan KC, who requested the witness: “Why are you here Mr McHale?”
Mr McHale, who was giving proof from behind a display, mentioned: “Because I know Thomas Cashman is innocent.”
Mr McLachlan continued: “Been put up to being here?”
“No, I’m not,” the witness replied.
Cashman is charged with murdering Olivia, who was fatally shot when a gunman opened fireplace whereas chasing convicted drug supplier Joseph Nee into her and her mom’s dwelling.
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Cashman is alleged to have shot Nee, 36, on the street, earlier than Nee fled into Olivia’s dwelling as her mom Cheryl Korbel tried to dam his entry.
Cashman is then accused of firing once more, the bullet hitting Ms Korbel within the hand, then hitting and killing her daughter, who was standing behind her.
After the capturing, Cashman is alleged to have gone to the home of a girl he had a fling with and altered his garments.
Earlier within the trial, the jury heard from the lady, who can’t be named for authorized causes.
She claimed he went to her home after the capturing the place he modified his garments and she or he heard him saying he had “done Joey”.
However, Mr McHale mentioned after seeing Cashman throughout the street the defendant was later in his home to smoke extra hashish and requested for a drink.
He didn’t have any in the home, so used Cashman’s van to go to an area store to purchase some, his journey being caught on CCTV.
Earlier Mr McHale mentioned he had by no means given proof in courtroom earlier than and his solely earlier conviction was for possession with intent to produce £4,000 value of hashish.
Cashman has admitted being a “high-level” hashish supplier, making as much as £5,000 per week in drug cash, however denies he was the gunman who shot Olivia lifeless.
The trial continues.