Man accussed of murder of missing Offaly woman remanded in custody

THE man accussed of murdering Offaly woman Catherine Gowing in North Wales has had his case adjourned until January 7 next year.

THE man accussed of murdering Offaly woman Catherine Gowing in North Wales has had his case adjourned until January 7 next year.

46-year-old Clive Sharp appeared by video link from a Liverpool prison and only spoke to confirm his name and to confirm that he understood the nature of the proceedings.

He was remanded in custody and it was indicated that the murder trial could be held in April 2013.

Catherine Gowing has not been seen since Friday, October 12. The last sighting of her was leaving the ASDA Supermarket in Queensferry on that date.

Her work colleagues raised the alram the following Monday when they became concerned when she did not arrive for work. After an extensive search, her car was later found burnt out near a quarry close to a wooded area close to her home.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Mark Pierce of North Wales Police outlined on Monday how specialist search teams have carried out searches in a number of locations in North Wales and continue to search a quarry and adjacent woodland in Alltami, near Mold where Catherine’s Renault Clio was found. He said that those searches are assisted by Crime Scene Investigators and conducted in a ‘methodical and thorough way to ensure we take every opportunity which may help us to find Catherine’.

“A cordon will remain in place at this location whilst a comprehensive search and forensic examination takes place,” he commented.

“I am very grateful for the assistance the local community have already provided and I am once gain asking for their help. I am now very keen to trace the movements of a vehicle owned and used by Clive Sharpe between Friday 12th October and Monday 15th October. Sharpe owns a black Volvo S40 car registration number AG58 JHE,” he added.

DCI Pierce stated that Catherine’s family remain in north Wales and are assisting police with the investigation.

“They are being informed of developments and supported by specialist Family Liaison Officers. Their strength and dignity have been an inspiration to us all and on their behalf, I’d implore that if you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it is, please contact the Police.”