Widow in court as suspects charged

Andover Advertiser: Church organist Alan Greaves died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve in Sheffield (South Yorkshire Police/PA) Church organist Alan Greaves died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve in Sheffield (South Yorkshire Police/PA)

The widow of murdered church organist Alan Greaves was in court to see two men stand accused of attacking him as he made his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

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

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.

His widow Maureen attended the short court 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."

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

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