Sheffield organist ‘struck four times’

Flowers for murdered Alan Greaves in Greengate Lane, High Green, Sheffield '  See Story ?????????  Picture Chris Lawton   '31/12/12

Flowers for murdered Alan Greaves in Greengate Lane, High Green, Sheffield ' See Story ????????? Picture Chris Lawton '31/12/12

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The blood of a murdered Sheffield grandad found on iron railings showed he was struck at least four times, a court heard.

Forensic scientist Samantha Ashanti-Warner told Sheffield Crown Court she found Alan Greaves’ blood on the green wrought-iron railings in High Green after being called to analyse the crime scene on Christmas Day.

She was giving evidence in the trial of 22-year-old Ashley Foster , of Wesley Road, High Green who denies murdering church organist Mr Greaves.

His co-accused, Jonathan Bowling, also aged 22, of Carwood Way, Pitsmoor, has already admitted murder.

The railings – which were removed for forensic analysis – were brought into court so Ms Ashanti-Warner, an expert in analysis of blood patterns, could show the jury where his blood had been found.

She said: “There was blood spatter present on the railings at varying heights from 80cm down to the position in which Mr Greaves was found.”

She said Mr Greaves was found in a pool of blood and the spatter showed he would have been bleeding from an initial injury when a second blow was struck.

She said: “The majority of the blood spatter was caused by multiple impacts into blood.”

Asked about Mr Greaves’ position at the time of the blows, she said: “He was in different positions, stooping or bending over, then getting progressively lower and lower to a point where he’s being struck on the ground. There have to have been at least four blows. The blood had started to clot.”

She said a piece of wood from a pickaxe handle found in Mr Greaves’ head injury by a medic had Bowling’s DNA on it, but clothing recovered from Foster could not be forensically linked to the attack on Mr Greaves.

Jurors also watched CCTV footage of Mr Greaves’ final steps along Greengate Road.

He is seen being followed 18 seconds later by two men the prosecution say are Foster and Bowling.

The trial continues.