Gowing murder accused remanded

Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 01:00

A man appeared in court today accused of the murder of a missing Irish vet, Catherine Gowing.

The 37-year-old Co Offaly woman was last seen on the evening of Friday, October 12th, at a supermarket near her home in Flintshire, north Wales.

Ms Gowing’s sister Emma attended Caernarfon Crown Court with her husband Shay Maguire and two police family liaison officers today as Clive Sharp (46) appeared by video link.

Her body has not yet been found.

Ms Gowing, originally from Clonlee, Co Offaly, was reported missing on the Monday after she was last seen when she failed to arrive for work at the Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold.

Her car was later found burnt-out near a disused quarry and quarry pool.

Mr Sharp, of no fixed address, was charged with murder last Friday.

During today’s hearing, he spoke only to confirm he understood the proceedings.

Judge Merfyn Hughes remanded the defendant in custody until January 7th, when he is expected to enter his plea at a court venue to be arranged.

A three-week trial was provisionally fixed to start from early next April.