Taxpayer-funded legal aid for Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s killer topped £220,000 – and he finds out today whether his prison sentence will be reduced.
Thirty-four-year-old gangster Thomas Cashman shot the nine-year-old through the front door of her Liverpool home last year while pursuing a target.
He sparked anger when he refused to appear in the dock for sentencing.
Cashman received a minimum sentence of 42 years, but is making a second attempt to get that sentence.
Today’s appeal court hearing is expected to add tens of thousands to the bill.
Tory MP Nigel Mills said: “It feels like this is just a series of legal aid.”
“These appeals are a disgrace and taxpayers will fund them.
“A jury looked at this case carefully, as did the judge, and he imposed a very appropriate sentence.”
“And let’s not forget that he was a coward and didn’t even attend his own sentencing hearing.”
Cashman denied murder charges, among other things, but was convicted after a three-week trial.
The Justice Department said the legal aid went to lawyers “so he could be jailed for his crimes.”