Accused ‘laughed’ after Sheffield killing

Alan Greaves a church organist who died after he was attacked on Christmas Eve
Alan Greaves a church organist who died after he was attacked on Christmas Eve
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A man accused of beating a Sheffield church organist to death as he walked to midnight mass on Christmas Eve, was seen laughing shortly after the attack, a court heard.

Ashley Foster, aged 22, is on trial for the murder of lay preacher and retired social worker Alan Greaves, aged 68, who was set upon as he made his way to St Saviour’s Church in High Green last Christmas Eve.

Mr Greaves suffered ‘unsurvivable’ injuries inflicted with a pick axe and another weapon and died three days later, a jury at Sheffield Crown Court heard.

His injuries were inflicted with such force a pathologist said they were consistent with someone falling from a height or being involved in a car accident.

Co-accused Jonathan Bowling, aged 22, of Wesley Road, High Green, has pleaded guilty to murder.

But Foster, of Carwood Way, High Green, denies the charge and claims he saw Bowling attack Mr Greaves but played no part.

The court heard a few days after the killing Foster approached a police officer guarding the crime scene and described the attack as ‘a disgrace’ adding that whoever had done it should ‘get hammered in prison for beating up an old man’.

Robert Smith QC prosecuting, told the jury after the attack the pair, who had been drinking beer and spirits, ran to nearby Mortomley Park and were heard laughing by a witness.

The trial continues.

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