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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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.