Two in court accused of Sheffield church organist murder

Maureen Greaves (left), wife of murdered church organist Alan Greaves who died after being attacked on his way to a Christmas Eve midnight mass, after she attended a church service at St Saviour in High Green, Sheffield.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 30, 2012. Church community worker Maureen thanked the congregation for their support at the couple's church in Sheffield where Mr Greaves had been due to worship when he was assaulted. The 68-year-old grandfather, a lay preacher and organist at the church, was discovered by a member of the public, badly beaten, just yards from the church on Monday, but died from his head injuries in hospital on Thursday night. See PA story POLICE Mass. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Pow/PA Wire

Maureen Greaves (left), wife of murdered church organist Alan Greaves who died after being attacked on his way to a Christmas Eve midnight mass, after she attended a church service at St Saviour in High Green, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 30, 2012. Church community worker Maureen thanked the congregation for their support at the couple's church in Sheffield where Mr Greaves had been due to worship when he was assaulted. The 68-year-old grandfather, a lay preacher and organist at the church, was discovered by a member of the public, badly beaten, just yards from the church on Monday, but died from his head injuries in hospital on Thursday night. See PA story POLICE Mass. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Pow/PA Wire

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THE widow of a Sheffield church organist who died after he was attacked on Christmas Eve was in court as two men appeared accused of his murder.

Maureen Greaves said her faith had helped her deal with her ordeal ‘immensely’ as she left Sheffield Magistrates’ Court with police yesterday.

Alan Greaves

Alan Greaves

She was speaking after Jonathan Lesley Bowling, aged 22 and Ashley Michael Foster, 21, made their first court appearance.

As she left court with Det Supt Matt Fenwick, who is leading the murder inquiry, Mrs Greaves said: “Just to say it’s wonderful they’ve made arrests.

“Justice will be done.”

Asked if her faith was helping her, Mrs Greaves said: “Immensely. The support of the congregation and the police has been outstanding.

“I just want to pay tribute for all they’ve done and for the sensitivity with which they’ve dealt with the case.”

Jonathan Lesley Bowling, of Carwood Way, Pitsmoor and Ashley Michael Foster, of Wesley Road, High Green, appeared in the dock for the five minute hearing wearing navy blue T-shirts and tracksuit bottoms.

They spoke only to confirm their names, ages and dates of birth.

David Marshall, prosecuting, said they were charged with the murder of Mr Greaves, a 68-year-old grandfather, on Christmas Eve, which would have to be heard at Sheffield Crown Court.

Mr Greaves died three days after he was attacked as he made his way to a midnight communion service at St Saviour’s Church, near his home in High Green, Sheffield.

The men were remanded in custody by the magistrates and the case was adjourned. No applications for bail were made.

Bowling and Foster will appear at Sheffield Crown Court next Friday, January 18.