Jury sworn in for High Green murder

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Jurors in the case of a man accused of murdering a Sheffield lay preacher as he made his way to church on Christmas Eve will begin to hear evidence in the case today.

The jury was sworn in yesterday afternoon and the trial is expected to get underway at Sheffield Crown Court today.

Ashley Michael Foster, aged 21, of Wesley Road, High Green, Sheffield, is accused of murdering father-of-four Alan Greaves in High Green in December 2012.

He denies murder.

Foster appeared in the dock dressed in a blue jumper and a blue shirt yesterday while barristers made legal submissions.

Mr Greaves’ widow Maureen was accompanied by her two daughters and other supporters in the public gallery.

The jury was sent home by Mr Justice Teare at 2.30pm yesterday afternoon so counsel could make further legal submissions.

The case is due to last for three weeks and is expected to be opened by prosecution barrister Robert Smith QC this morning at 10am.

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