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Clive Sharp to be sentenced for murder of Mold vet Catherine Gowing

FORMER Deeside High School pupil Clive Sharp will be jailed for life next week for the murder of Mold vet Catherine Gowing.

Last month Judge Mr Justice Griffith-William warned the killer, who is originally from Sealand, he might never be released from prison.

Sharp, 46, pleaded guilty at Mold Crown Court to murdering 37-year-old Miss Gowing.

The judge adjourned the case so he could read psychiatric reports and decide on the minimum term Sharp must serve behind bars before he is allowed to apply for parole.

He also asked for a complete factual picture of the defendant’s previous convictions and reports ‘where he expresses his fantasies’.

During sentencing on Monday, the court could hear details of what happened to Miss Gowing for the first time.

Some of her remains were found in two areas of Sealand late last year – the rest are believed to have been dumped in the River Dee.

North Wales Police said the search for her body was the biggest in the force’s history.

Sharp was charged with murder on October 19, a week after Miss Gowing was last seen alive at Asda Queensferry.

On October 18 her burnt-out car had been found abandoned in woodland off Pinfold Lane in Alltami, two miles from her home in Cae Isa, New Brighton.

Miss Gowing, originally from County Offaly in the Republic of Ireland, had been living in Flintshire for about 18 months after qualifying from a university in Budapest, Hungary. She worked at Evans Veterinary Practice, Clayton Road, Mold.

Her remains were flown back to Ireland last month so her family could lay her to rest in her hometown of Kinnitty.

At an emotional funeral service Miss Gowing’s sister Emma described her as ‘the closest person to perfection’ and ‘beautiful in beauty’s truest form’.