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Man due to be sentenced for vet murder

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

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.'

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

Man admits murder of Flintshire vet

A man has admitted murdering of Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing. Clive Sharp, 46 and of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to her murder at Mold Crown Court.

The 37-year-old, who is originally from Ireland, went missing in October. Her body has never been fully recovered, although remains - identified as hers - were found at two locations in Flintshire, and near Chester.


Plea expected over Flintshire vet murder

Catherine Gowing was last seen in October last year Credit: North Wales Police

A man is due to appear in Mold Crown Court today charged with the murder of a Flintshire woman.

Clive Sharp, 46, is expected to enter a plea.

Catherine Gowing, a vet who was originally from Ireland, went missing on 12 October 2012.

Parts of the 37-year-old's body were discovered in Sealand, Flintshire, and in Higher Ferry, Chester.

Coroner: Hotel procedures 'less than perfect'

The inquest heard that Haydn Evans was escorted to a back door at Carden Park Hotel, asked if he wanted a taxi and left to wander off, despite the fact he had been drinking, it was a freezing cold night and he was only wearing a shirt and trousers.

The coroner told the jury the hearing would help expose what he called the 'less than perfect' procedures there, and how steps had been taken to avoid it happening again.

Giving evidence, staff and management at the hotel admitted that, with hindsight, the matter should have been handled differently.

After the inquest, a spokesman for the De Vere Group, which runs Carden Park, told ITV Wales they extend their 'sincerest sympathies' to Haydn's family. He said 'the events leading up to his death and the actions that have been taken subsequent to his death were documented in the inquest.'

Accidental death verdict for Haydn Evans

An inquest into the death of Haydn Evans, who was 18 and from Mold in Flintshire, has recorded a verdict of accidental death. The teenager's body was found in a lake at Carden Park Hotel, near Chester, where Haydn had been at a Christmas party.

Haydn Evans was missing for two weeks before his body was found last December Credit: North Wales Police / family photograph

Teenager 'said he wanted to walk home'

The inquest at Warrington Coroners Court has today heard from the last person to see Haydn Evans alive - a doorman at the Carden Park Hotel, where Haydn was at a Christmas party.

During the evening, Haydn was involved in an altercation and doorman Andrew Pardon escorted him out of the premises.

He asked Haydn if he wanted a taxi home, and he answered that he wanted to walk. The doorman said he went back into the hotel to check on a colleague, and, when he came back out, Haydn had gone. He assumed he had got a taxi or been found by friends.

Haydn Evans was found in a lake at the hotel two weeks after he went missing Credit: ITV News Wales

The inquest has also heard from management at the hotel, near Chester, who said they have changed health and safety policy since Haydn's death, including making sure the lights around the lake on 24 hours a day.

The inquest continues.

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