Tuesday 16 January 2018

Catherine's family in court as man charged with murder

Clive Sharp who was charged with the mrder of Catherine Gowing in Wales yesterday morning.Pic:Mark Condren20.10.2012
Clive Sharp who was charged with the mrder of Catherine Gowing in Wales yesterday morning.Pic:Mark Condren20.10.2012
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE.Undated North Wales Police file handout photo of Catherine Gowing, 38, who was last seen by friends in Mold, Flintshire, at 8pm on Friday October 12. The sister of missing Irish woman Ms Gowing, who is feared murdered in Wales, appealed today for help in finding her. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday October 18, 2012. Emma Gowing asked the public for help in tracking down her "beautiful sister", whom she described as the "light of my life". See PA story POLICE Woman. Photo credit should read: North Wales Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Caroline Crawford in Wales

THE family of Catherine Gowing have vowed to bring her home as a man appeared in court this morning charged with her murder.

Clive Sharp (46) of no fixed abode appeared at Mold Magistrate's Court at 10am this morning. The Welsh man was ruffled and unshaven as he stood listening to the charge.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and to say that he understood the charge.

He was charged with having murdered Ms Gowing in North Wales on a date between October 11 and October 17 of this year.

When asked by bench chairman David Tapp whether he understood the allegation he replied "Yes".

No application for bail was made. Mr Sharp was remanded to Altcourse prison in Liverpool until next Tuesday, October 23 when he will appear before Caernarfon Crown Court.

Ms Gowing's sister Emma attended the brief hearing with her husband Shay Maguire. She leaned forward in her chair and stared at the accused throughout. Mr Sharp kept his gaze on the magistrates' bench.

After the hearing, Dectective Inspector Iestyn Davies read a statement on behalf of the Gowing family.

"Our primary concern and objective is that we find Catherine. The support that we have received from the police, the public and all Catherine's friends and family has kept us going and will continue to do so.

"We will bring Catherine home," it read.

Officers are continuing to search for the Irish vet today. Further detailed examinations were also carried out on a burnt out car which was discovered at Pinfold Lane, Alltami two miles from Ms Gowing's home in New Brighton.

The 37-year-old from Clonlee in Co Offaly was reported missing after she failed to arrive at work at the Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold, North Wales on Monday, October 15.

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