Wednesday 21 March 2018

Man remanded in custody accused of murdering missing Catherine Gowing

Mike Hornby

A MAN appeared in court today accused of the murder of a missing Irish vet.

Catherine Gowing, 37, was last seen on the evening of Friday October 12 at a supermarket near her home in Flintshire, north Wales.

Ms Gowing's sister Emma attended Caernarfon Crown Court with her husband Shay Maguire and two police family liaison officers today as Clive Sharp, 46, appeared by video link.

No body has yet been found.

Ms Gowing, who is originally from Clonlee, Co Offaly, was reported missing on the Monday after she was last seen when she failed to arrive for work at the Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold.

Her car was later found burnt-out near a disused quarry and quarry pool.

Sharp, of no fixed address, was charged with murder last Friday.

During today's hearing, he spoke only to confirm he understood the proceedings.

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC remanded Sharp in custody until January 7, when the defendant is expected to enter his plea at a court venue to be arranged.

A three-week trial was provisionally fixed to start from early next April.

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