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Sister pays tribute at Catherine Gowing funeral – murder suspect Clive Sharp in court next week

VET Catherine Gowing was described as the closest thing to perfection at an emotional funeral in her native Ireland.

Hundreds of people, including her work colleagues from Mold and officers from North Wales Police, attended the service in the 37-year-old’s home parish.

The popular vet’s remains had been flown over last Wednesday so her family could lay her to rest.

Former Deeside High School pupil Clive Sharp, originally from Sealand, is charged with her murder and was due to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on Monday, January 7, to enter a plea.

But the hearing was adjourned and the 46-year-old will now appear before a judge at Mold Crown Court on Monday, January 14.

Speaking at the funeral mass at St Flannan’s Church in Kinnitty, Co Offal, Catherine’s sister Emma said: “She was the closest person to perfection that I had the privilege to know and love as my sister, my friend.

“She was a wonderful daughter to mum and dad. She was their gift from God. She loved animals and being able to practise as a vet was, for her, a dream come true.”

Her devastated parents John and Maureen, as well as family from across Ireland, the UK and USA, also attended.

Emma said all their hearts were broken, adding: “She was beautiful in beauty’s truest form, a soul filled with goodness.”

Parish priest Father Michael O’Meara said a candle of hope had been lit in the church within days of Catherine going missing.

“I know no words of mine can really be of any comfort on this day for you,” he told her family and friends.

Catherine, of Cae Isa, New Brighton, worked at Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold.

She went missing on October 12, sparking North Wales Police’s largest ever search operation.

Her body parts were found in two areas of Sealand on October 31 and November 2, but police are still looking for the rest of her remains.