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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
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 Mark Evans
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.

Carden Park Hotel
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.

Mold teenager 'drowned after party', inquest hears

18-year-old Haydn Evans was found dead last December Credit: Family / North Wales Police

An inquest has heard that a teenager from Mold drowned in the lake of a luxury hotel after being thrown out of a Christmas party.

Haydn Mark Evans, 18, was missing for two weeks before his body was found last December.

An inquest jury was told he had been involved in an altercation on the dancefloor at Carden Park Hotel, near Chester.

The inquest continues tomorrow.


More human remains confirmed as Catherine Gowing

Catherine Gowing
Catherine Gowing went missing on October 12th Credit: family/North Wales Police

A post mortem carried out on human remains found on the banks of the River Dee in Higher Ferry, Chester last Friday have been identified as being Catherine Gowing’s.

This is the second discovery of human remains in the area. A week ago remains were also discovered in Sealand and were confirmed as being those of the missing woman.

Catherine Gowing disappeared on Friday 12th October when she was sighted on CCTV leaving Asda Supermarket in Queensferry. A 46-year-old Gwynedd man, Clive Sharp has been charged with her murder and is due to appear in court again next month

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