Organist killer jailed for life

Jonathan Bowling was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years at Sheffield Crown Court today for the murder of church organist Alan Greaves. Ashley Foster was convicted of manslaughter and awaits sentencing.

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Church: Organist's life and faith remains an inspiration

The Vicar of St Saviour’s Church High Green has said his church welcomes the manslaughter verdict over the killing of lay preacher Alan Greaves.

Canon Simon Bessant said: "We condemn absolutely the evil attack upon Alan as he walked to church to play the organ on Christmas Eve night.

"Alan was intending to celebrate the coming of light at Christmas, yet he himself was the victim of darkness just a few minutes away from doors of the church.

Alan Greaves' local church St Saviour’s Church in High Green.

"We hope now that Alan can be left in peace and that Maureen and her family can move on in the heartbreak of bereavement.

"Alan’s life and faith remains an inspiration for us", he added.

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Confusion in court as verdict in organist killing revealed

Ashley Foster has been convicted of the manslaughter of Alan Greaves, but there was confusion in court when the clerk only asked the jury foreman whether he was guilty of murder.

When the foreman said "not guilty" there were celebrations from Foster's family.

But as Mr Greaves's widow Maureen looked shocked and confused, the jury foreman, who had already been asked to sit, shouted "but guilty of manslaughter".

At this point Foster's girlfriend Natalie Evers burst into tears and ran from the court screaming.

Organist's wife: Deepest regret is not saying goodbye

When Alan Greaves' widow Maureen was first told he was in hospital she thought he had suffered a fall - but at his bedside she realised the truth.

Mrs Greaves told ITV News: "It registered as soon as I saw him..I knew he wasn't going to survive".

She also said her biggest regret is that she never got say goodbye to her husband.

Two men to be sentenced over organist killing

Two men will be sentenced tomorrow over the killing of church organist Alan Greaves, who was killed on Christmas Eve.

Ashley Foster, 22, was today found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Ashley Foster Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Another man, Jonathan Bowling, also 22, had already admitted murdering the 68-year-old lay preacher.

Jonathan Bowling Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Man guilty of manslaughter over church organist killing

A man has been convicted of the manslaughter of lay preacher Alan Greaves, who was battered to death as he walked to play the organ at midnight mass on Christmas Eve

Ashley Foster, 22, was cleared of murder by a majority of 11-1 at Sheffield Crown Court after 13 hours of deliberations.

Alan Greaves was attacked on Christmas Eve on his way to midnight mass. Credit: Family handout

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