Clive Sharp has today been sentenced at Mold Crown Court for the murder of Catherine Gowing. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 37 years.
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.”