Catherine Gowing: Clive Sharp in crown court video link

Clive Sharp Clive Sharp is next due in court in January 2013

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A man accused of murdering missing vet Catherine Gowing has appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court by video link.

Speaking from Altcourse prison in Merseyside, Clive Sharp, 46, spoke only four times to confirm his identity and that he understood the proceedings.

Wearing a yellow and green prison suit, Mr Sharp, from Bethesda, Gwynedd, was watched during the 10-minute hearing by Ms Gowing's sister, Emma Maguire.

He was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned until 7 January, 2013.

There was no application for bail.

Irish-born Ms Gowing, from New Brighton, Flintshire, has not been seen since leaving the Asda supermarket at Queensferry on 12 October.

On Friday, North Wales Police confirmed a burnt out car found close to a disused quarry near her home was hers.

Divers and police also searched a pool in the quarry on Saturday.

Ms Gowing is originally from County Offaly in the Republic of Ireland.

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