Life for Irish vet murderer

Clive Sharp, the man who murdered Irish vet Catherine Gowing, has been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 37 years behind bars before he can be considered for parole.

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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.

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