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Vet's murder has caused 'unimaginable pain'

The victim's sister, Emma Gowing, told the court in a victim impact statement

My sister was a vibrant, wonderful woman, who lived life fully, with love, compassion, fun, adventure and joy. Our lives will never be the same.

That man has caused my family unimaginable pain, suffering and grief and the recurring nightmare of what he did to her before she died.


Murderer a 'very serious danger to women'

The court heard Sharp had a string of previous convictions for sexual offences, beginning when he was just 16 and he harboured perverted sexual fantasies involving the gagging, raping and murdering of women - which he acted out on Miss Gowing.

And just hours before the murder he left another woman tied to a bed after she refused to take part in perverted sexual acts, Mold Crown Court heard.

You are, on any view, a very serious danger to women.

– Mr Justice Griffith Williams

The judge said Sharp broke into Miss Gowing's house in the middle of the night, tied her to the bed and kept her prisoner while she was raped repeatedly and sexually abused.

Then, in a further "callous act", he cut up her body and disposed of her in various places along the River Dee.

Irish vet murder was 'horrific and cold hearted'

Irish vet Catherine Gowing who was murdered by Clive Sharp. Credit: North Wales Police

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Griffith Williams told Sharp: "This is a horrific, cold hearted murder, carried out to gratify your perverted sexual desires."

Sharp, dressed in grey jogging bottoms and a grey jumper, made no reaction but the victim's sister, Emma, sat in the public gallery just yards from the dock, did not take her eyes off the defendant throughout the 50 minute hearing.

Vet's murderer to jailed for minimum of 37 years

Ms Gowing's body has never been fully recovered, although remains were found at two rural locations near her home in Flintshire, North Wales, and near Chester.

Clive Sharp, 47, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to her murder at Mold Crown Court last month.

Mr Justice Griffith Williams ordered that he serve a minimum 37 years behind bars before he can be considered for parole.


'Dynamic' search of area where vet's car found

North Wales Police has said a cordon around missing vet Catherine Gowing's car will remain in place for some time as a "dynamic" search takes place.

Miss Gowing's Renault Clio was found burned-out in an isolated area of Pinfold Lane, near Mold, close to a disused quarry surrounded by woodland and near to the quarry pool.

Det Supt John Hanson said the area would continue to be cordoned off while a "comprehensive search and extensive examination" takes place.

He also said specialist search teams were examining two other locations in North Wales which have not been identified.

Police at the scene where missing vet's car was found

Missing vet Catherine Gowing's burned-out car has been found close to her home in New Brighton, Flintshire.

Police at a cordon on Pinfold Lane in Alltami, after Catherine Gowing's burned-out car was found
Police at a cordon at the scene where Catherine Gowing's burned-out car was found Credit: Press Association

It was found at about 7.15pm on Thursday after a member of the public contacted police.

A 46-year-old man from Gwynedd remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of her murder on Tuesday night.

Burned-out car does belong to missing vet

A burned-out car found in Pinfold Lane, Alltami, near Mold, belongs to Catherine Gowing, who has been missing since she failed to arrive at work at a Veterinary Practice in Mold, North Wales, on Monday, police have said.

Confirming the news, Detective Superintendent John Hanson appealed to anyone with information about Ms Gowing or the car to contact police immediately to help relieve "the pain that Catherine's friends and family are going through".

A 46-year-old man from Gwynedd remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of her murder on Tuesday night.

Burnt car found in missing vet hunt

Police searching for a missing vet have cordoned off a burned-out car found close to her home. Catherine Gowing, 37, has been missing since she failed to arrive at work, a Veterinary Practice in Mold, North Wales, on Monday.

North Wales Police said: "they are carrying out forensic examinations on a five-door Renault Clio which matched the description of Ms Gowing's vehicle and had been found torched."

A 46-year-old man from Gwynedd remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of her murder on Tuesday.

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