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  • 11 January 2013, 11:19

Alan Greaves Murder Case: Accused In Court

Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of pensioner Alan Greaves, who was attacked as he walked to church in Sheffield.

Mr Greaves, an organist and lay preacher, was assaulted just a few hundred metres from his home as he walked to St Saviour's Church at High Green, for midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

The father-of-four died from the severe head injuries he suffered three days later.

Ashley Foster, 21, of Wesley Road, High Green, and Jonathan Bowling, 22, of Carwood Way, Pitmoor, have both been charged with his murder.

The pair were remanded in custody when they appeared before magistrates in Sheffield.

There were no applications for bail and they were told they will appear at Sheffield Crown Court on January 18.

Mr Greave's widow, Maureen, attended the short court hearing.

Asked if her faith was helping her through this difficult time as she left the proceedings, she replied: "Immensely.

"The support of the congregation and the police has been outstanding."

South Yorkshire Police have made four arrests in connection with the 68-year-old's death.

Two other men, one in his 20s and one in his 40s, were arrested last month and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Mr Greaves' death shocked the community where he lived and more than 50 police officers were drafted in to help with the investigation.

An inquest into Mr Greaves' death has been opened and adjourned by Sheffield Coroner Chris Dorries.