Two face sentencing over church organist's death

Two men will be sentenced today for killing a church organist who was battered to death as he walked to a Christmas Eve service.

Alan Greaves suffered horrendous head injuries when he was attacked as he walked the short distance from his home in the High Green area of Sheffield to midnight mass at St. Saviour's Church last year. He died in hospital three days later.

Alan Greaves.
Alan Greaves was battered to death as he walked to midnight mass on Christmas Eve last year. Credit: Family handout.

Yesterday, 22-year-old Ashley Foster was cleared of murdering the father of four, but found guilty of manslaughter amid emotional scenes at Sheffield Crown Court.

Jonathan Bowling, also 22, pleaded guilty to murder at a previous hearing.

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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.