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Court appearance for man charged with murdering Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing

Clive Sharp appeared at court in Mold charged with the murder of Catherine Gowing

THE man charged with murdering missing vet Catherine Gowing has been remanded in custody today (Saturday).

Clive Sharp, aged 46, who said he was of no fixed abode but who had an address Coed y Parc Industrial Estate in Bethesda in Gwynedd, North Wales, made his first appearance at a special weekend sitting of Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold this morning.

He is charged with the murder of Miss Gowing, 37, originally from County Offaly in the Republic of Ireland but who lived with a work colleague at the village of New Brighton near Mold, where she worked at a local veterinary centre.

The murder is alleged to have taken place sometime between October 11 and 17 in North Wales.

She has been missing for more than a week and police are still searching for her.

Sharp, dressed in a blue top and dark trousers, said nothing during the one minute hearing apart from confirming his name and age.

Prosecutor Huw Evans applied for a remand in custody.

Gwyn Jones, defending, said he would not apply for bail, which was an issue to be decided by a crown court judge.

Magistrates chairman David Tapp remanded Sharp in custody to appear before Judge Merfyn Hughes QC at Caernarfon Crown Court on Tuesday, initially so that the issue of bail can be considered.

A preliminary hearing and then a plea and directions hearing will be held in future weeks when he will eventually be asked to enter a plea.

Members of Miss Gowing’s family sat in the well of the court, in front of the secure dock where Sharp stood with two custody officers.

They were supported by a family liaison officer and other officers from North Wales Police who are involved in the murder investigation.

D.I. Iestyn Davies later read a statement on their behalf which said: “Our primary concern and objective is to find Catherine.

“The support that we have received from the police, the public and all Catherine’s friends is keeping us going and will continue to do so. We will bring Catherine home.”

Irish-born Miss Gowing has not been seen since a sighting of her on CCTV at the Asda supermarket in Queensferry on Friday, October 12.

North Wales Police have confirmed a burnt out car found yesterday (Friday) close to a disused quarry at Alltami, less than two miles from her home, belonged to Miss Gowing.

An extensive search of the area around the quarry and its pool is being carried out by specialist police teams including divers.

Det Supt John Hanson has appeal for anyone who was in and around the area of the quarry in Pinfold Lane last weekend to come forward and says the search will continue throughout the weekend.