Clive Sharp handed life sentence for the murder of Catherine Gowing

25/02/2013

A man who admitted to the rape and murder of his partner’s housemate has been given a life sentence at Mold Crown Court. Clive Sharp was told he would serve a minimum of 37 years before being considered for parole.

The court heard that Sharp broke into the house of Catherine Gowing in the middle of the night. After raping her, he killed her and set about disposing of her body in and near to the River Dee. He also set fire to Miss Gowing's car in a quarry.

His DNA was found on some remains found at a quarry and near to the River Dee.

Speaking after the sentence was announced, Emmalyne Downing, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service, Wales, said:

"Today's sentencing recognises Clive Sharp's responsibility for a most appalling, violent attack.
 
"Whilst Catherine's family and friends will not have to endure a full Crown Court trial in order to obtain justice for Catherine, we are acutely aware that today's sentencing cannot undo the unimaginable harm and distress caused by Clive Sharp. 
 
"I would like to place on record our thanks to all those who have supported the prosecution of this case, especially those who have given statements to the police or had been willing to give evidence in court.
 
"Only Clive Sharp can truly know what motivated him to commit such a distressing and brutal act. What is beyond doubt is that the effects of his actions will continue to be felt by Catherine's family and friends for years to come. Our thoughts are with them."