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UPDATE: Man sentenced to life for the murder of Catherine Gowing

Evidence presented to the court suggests that she had been tied up and raped before being murdered.

Catherine Gowing
Catherine Gowing
Image: North Wales Police/PA

UPDATED AT 12.20pm

CLIVE SHARP HAS received a life sentence for the murder of Irish vet, Catherine Gowing.

BBC News is reporting that the man who murdered his girlfriend’s housemate must serve a minimum of 37 years in jail.

The 46-year-old, originally from Gwynedd in Wales, but of no fixed address admitted to the murder and received and a life sentence before Mold Crown Court in Wales this morning.

Sky News reports that passing sentence, Mr Justice Griffith Williams told Sharp: “This is a horrific, cold hearted murder, carried out to gratify your perverted sexual desires.”

The court had been told that Sharp had bought a Halloween mask, bleach, a hacksaw, bin bags and heavy duty tape before going to the home of Gowing in Flintshire, according to Sky. Evidence presented to the court also suggested that the victim had been tied up and raped before being murdered.

Offaly native Gowing, 37, had been living in Flintshire for 18 months when she failed to show up for work at a vet’s practice in Mold on October 15.

Her disappearance – and the discovery of her burned-out car three days later – prompted a major search across Flintshire, leading to the discovery of some of her remains in a shallow pool on October 31.

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Two days later, further remains were discovered on the banks of the River Dee about three miles away.

Her body has never been fully recovered, however.

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