Girlfriend of accused in box

Natalie Evers, 'Witness Natalie Evers, girlfriend of murder accused Ashley Foster, leaving Sheffield Crown Court'
Natalie Evers, 'Witness Natalie Evers, girlfriend of murder accused Ashley Foster, leaving Sheffield Crown Court'
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A man who has admitted brutally murdering church organist Alan Greaves described himself as ‘sick’ to friends the day after the attack, a court heard.

Jonathan Bowling, aged 22, was sharing Christmas Day with Natalie Evers and Ashley Foster at their home in High Green, Sheffield, when he made a series of sinister revelations and threats.

Taking to the witness box in the trial of Foster, who is also alleged to have carried out the fatal assault which led to Mr Greaves’ death, mum-of-two Miss Evers recalled how the trio had spent Christmas Eve with her family before the two men ventured out at around 10.15pm.

When they returned, Bowling, known as ‘Jono’, had blood on his hands.

At the time Miss Evers had no knowledge Mr Greaves had been battered as he made his way to midnight mass at St Saviour’s Church.

She said: “He had cuts on his palms and came in the kitchen to show us them, laughing and joking. He had a strange sort of laugh.

“Him and Ashley didn’t really get along, we were always scared of him. We didn’t really want him there for Christmas but he had nowhere else to go.

“I was in the kitchen after dinner and he said ‘if I have to start killing people to show how sick I am, then I will’.

“I went in the other room to get away from him but he followed me.

“My eldest son had a toy gun and was pretending to shoot him. Jono said ‘if you carry on doing that I’ll batter you, your mum and your dad’. It was frightening. ”

Miss Evers said when news of the attack hit the headlines, Foster seemed distant but she put it down to the death of his brother Callum the previous month.

She said: “He wasn’t himself for the rest of Christmas. On Christmas Eve we were all in bed all together with the children and he was holding us. It’s not something he’d normally do.”

Foster, of Pitsmoor, handed himself into police after CCTV footage was released.

He denies murder.

The trial continues.