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Memorial service held for Catherine Gowing

Colleagues of Catherine Gowing say she is 'loved and greatly missed' Credit: North Wales Police

A service will be held this afternoon in memory of Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing.

The 37-year-old, who was originally from Ireland, disappeared from Mold in October last year.

Local man Clive Sharp was jailed for life in February after admitting to her murder.

Ms Gowing's colleagues at DE Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold have organised the service, which will take place at 2pm at at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church.

One colleague described her as a 'warm-hearted' person who was 'loved and greatly missed'.

Friends and family of Ms Gowing are also expected to attend the service.



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.


Man due to be sentenced for vet murder

Clive Sharp
Clive Sharp, 46, has admitted murdering Catherine Gowing Credit: North Wales Police

The man who pleaded guilty to murdering Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing will be sentenced today. Clive Sharp, 46, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody at Mold Crown Court last month after admitting killing the 37 year old.

Originally from Ireland, Ms Gowing went missing in October last year.

Meg Burgess death prompts wall safety campaign

Meg Burgess
Three-year-old Meg Burgess suffered 'catastrophic injuries' when a wall collapsed on her in 2008 Credit: PA

The parents of a three-year-old girl who died after a wall collapsed on her are campaigning to include retaining and load-bearing walls under current building regulations.

Meg Burgess suffered 'catastrophic' injuries during the tragedy, which happened near Prestatyn in 2008. It later emerged in court that the wall had not been built to the standard required.

Lindsay and Peter Burgess have won the backing of Chester MP Stephen Mosley, who will present a Ten Minute Rule Motion in the House of Commons later on the issue of wall safety.

He said Meg's case 'serves to highlight the importance of proper regulation of the domestic building trade'.

Last October, 49-year-old company director George Collier, from Kinmel Bay, was jailed for two years after being convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of gross negligence following Meg's death.

Vet murder sentencing adjourned until next month

Sentencing of Clive Sharp, who has admitted murdering Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing, has been adjourned until next month. He has been remanded in custody until then.

The judge, Mr Justice Griffith-Williams, said: 'There is only one sentence I can pass on you for this offence, as you will know."I have to work out what the minimum term you will serve is before the Parole Board consider you for release - if you are ever to be released.'

Clive Sharp
Sharp is due to be sentenced on 25 February Credit: North Wales Police
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