Sheffield murder: Motive ‘might never be known’

Murdered: Alan Greaves.
Murdered: Alan Greaves.

Alan Greaves was murdered because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, the lawyer in the case said today.

Gavin Hotchkiss, from the Crown Prosecution Service’s crown court unit, said: “Alan Greaves was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and if it hadn’t been him who was murdered, it probably would have been someone else.

“Motiveless attacks are very unusual, but it’s a phrase that really applies to this case.

“It was quite clear this really was a brutal attack and it’s hard to understand what the motive was.

“There are only two people who know why this took place – and I doubt we will ever actually know the real reason for this offence.”

Mr Hotchkiss said the killers’ accounts of the attack were inconsistent.

More than 20 witnesses gave evidence for the prosecution and no expense was spared.

Witness David Cooper gave evidence via video link from Rhodes in Greece, where he was on holiday.

Mr Hotchkiss said: “It shows the dedication of the prosecution team in bringing Foster and Bowling to justice.

“The witness had his holiday booked, but we wanted to make sure his evidence could be heard.

“Right from the start the investigation team have always seen this as a case they really wanted to work hard on to get justice for Mr Greaves’ family.”