Family of missing Offaly vet determined to 'bring her home'

Mon, Oct 22, 2012, 01:00

The family of missing Co Offaly vet Catherine Gowing vowed to “bring her home” on Saturday as a man appeared in court in Wales charged with her murder.

Ms Gowing’s sister, Emma, sat in the public gallery at Mold Magistrates’ Court as Clive Sharp (46), stood in the dock.

The defendant, of no fixed address, spoke only to give his name and date of birth and confirm that he understood the charge – that he murdered Ms Gowing in north Wales between October 11th and 17th.

Emma Gowing was accompanied by her husband, Shay Maguire, and two police family liaison officers.

Bench chairman David Tapp remanded Mr Sharp in custody to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court tomorrow.

After the short hearing, Det Insp Iestyn Davies said on behalf of Ms Gowing’s family: “Our primary concern and objective is that we find Catherine. The support we have received from the police, the public and all Catherine’s friends and family has kept us going and will continue to do so. We will bring Catherine home.”