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Church organist's widow sees murder suspects in dock.

THE widow of church organist Alan Greaves was in court yesterday to see two men stand accused of attacking and killing him as he made his way to Christmas Eve midnight mass.

Ashley Foster, 21, and Jonathan Bowling, 22, were remanded in custody accused of murder when they appeared before magistrates in Sheffield.

Mr Greaves, 68, a grandfather, died three days after he was attacked as he made his way to St Saviour's Church, near his home in High Green, Sheffield. Mr Greaves' widow Maureen attended the short court hearing yesterday morning.

At a service after her husband's death, Mrs Greaves said she had wept over the "evil that has been done".

Mrs Greaves sat at the back of the court during yesterday's four-minute long hearing.

As she left court with Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, who is leading the murder inquiry, she said: "Justice will be done."

Asked if her faith was helping her through this difficult time, she said: "Immensely. The support of the congregation and the police has been outstanding.

"I just want to pay tribute to all they've done, the sensitivity with which they've dealt with the case."

Both defendants stood in the courtroom's glass-fronted dock wearing identical navy blue T-shirts and jogging bottoms.

Bowling, of Carwood Way, Pitmoor, Sheffield, has short, dark hair and a tattoo on his neck.

Foster, of Wesley Road, High Green, has slightly longer hair.

They stood with three security guards and spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and dates of birth as well as to state their ages.

There were no applications made for bail and they pair were told that they will appear again at Sheffield Crown Court on January 18.


Alan Greaves

Maureen Greaves, centre, widow of church organist Alan Greaves, leaves Sheffield Magistrates' Court after seeing the two men accused of his murder. Photo Anna Gowthorpe/PA
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 12, 2013
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