Church organist murder a 'crime without motive'

Jonathan Bowling (left) and Ashley Foster. Credit: South Yorkshire Police/PA Wire

The murder of a church organist on Christmas Eve was a "crime without motive", the prosecutor of the case said today, after the two men were sentenced.

Jonathan Bowling was told he must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison for the murder of Alan Greaves, while Ashley Foster was jailed for nine years for manslaughter.

Prosecutor Robert Smith QC told the court today: "It was a crime without motive. He was killed for no reason other than that he had been identified as a suitable victim."


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.