AFTER his first criminal conviction in 1982 for making indecent and offensive telephone calls to women and sending menacing letters, Clive Sharp’s offending took a much more sinister twist.
Mold Crown Court heard how in 1983 he was sentenced to three years in youth custody for rape.
“This was the rape of a 15-year old, known to the defendant, in which he held a piece of glass to her neck,” said Andrew Thomas, prosecuting.
In 1994 Sharp was convicted of attempting to choke another woman and was jailed for three years. The victim was a friend’s wife.
When she refused his sexual advances, Sharp attacked her – putting a ligature around her neck before gagging her, tying her up and sexually assaulting her.
In 1996 he was convicted of false imprisonment and unlawful wounding and was jailed for eight years.
The defendant had paid a woman for sex at his bedsit, the court heard. He tied her up with tape and threatened to gag her, and when she tried to escape Sharp pushed her down, choked her and threatened her with a knife.
“There is evidence the defendant had a long-standing fantasy of imprisoning, raping and murdering a woman,” said Mr Thomas.
“We know from records which were kept of the defendant’s attendance on a sex offenders treatment programme in the mid-1990s.”
Following his release Sharp, originally from Sealand, lived in Bangor.
He found work and married a colleague, and was monitored after starting life with his new family.
But the court heard his convictions pre-dated current public protection systems, including the Sex Offenders Register.
Since 2006, the defendant had worked as production manager for a manufacturing company in Bethesda.
When his marriage broke up in 2011 he moved out of the family home and began sleeping at work.
He was active on a number of dating websites and had a series of short-term relationships, including one with the woman in Gwynedd he had been with on the night he murdered Catherine Gowing.