Catherine's family in court as man charged with murder
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.