Church organist murder trial begins

The trial of a man accused of murdering church organist Alan Greaves is underway at Sheffield Crown Court. Ashley Foster denies killing Mr Greaves. Another man, Jonathan Bowling, has already admitted the murder of Mr Greaves.

Prosecuting barrister Robert Smith QC told the court that Mr Greaves had played the organ at midnight mass at St Saviour's Church at High Green, near Sheffield, for the past 40 years and was on his way to the church when he was attacked.

Alan Greaves Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The prosecution said Mr Greaves was set upon and savagely beaten in the street. He was attacked with a pick axe and another unidentified weapon, suffering a "grave and catastrophic" head injury.

He died three days later in hospital.

Foster later gave himself up to police after he was identified on CCTV footage and claimed that Bowling had carried out the attack and he had nothing to do with it. The prosecution say that's a lie.

"Both of these men were in this together and they were looking for a suitable victim to attack," said Mr. Smith. He said nothing was stolen from Greaves - not even the briefcase he was carrying with sheet music in it.

"The motive was not robbery," said Mr Smith.

The trial continues.

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Church organist murder

The murder trial is underway at Sheffield Crown Court of church organist Alan Greaves.