Court hears from pal of church organist murder accused

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A friend of Ashley Foster- the man on trial for murdering church organist Alan Greaves - spoke of his ‘normal behaviour’ in the wake of the event in court today.

Jamie Mallison told a jury at Sheffield Crown Court how he and Foster, 22, had discussed the Christmas Eve killing which had rocked their community together just days after it happened.

Mr Mallison, a long-term pal of Foster and his late brother Callum, went to Stocksbridge to pick up a bike with the defendant on January 8. When quizzed by the prosecution he described Foster’s behaviour as ‘normal’.

He said: “We were all talking about the killing, but I don’t remember Ashley saying that much about it.”

Mr Mallison later gave a statement to police after recognising him in CCTV footage released by South Yorkshire Police in January.

Police who spoke to Foster during routine visits to houses in High Green also gave evidence from the witness box today.

Foster denies carrying out the brutal attack which left Mr Greaves for dead with Jonathan Bowling, 22. Bowling has pleaded guilty to murder.

The trial continues. See tomorrow’s Star for a full report and follow @SheffieldStar on Twitter for updates.