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Man, 22, admits murder of organist


Alan Greaves was attacked last Christmas Eve

Alan Greaves was attacked last Christmas Eve


Alan Greaves was attacked last Christmas Eve

A man has admitted murdering a church organist who was attacked on Christmas Eve.

Jonathan Bowling, 22, pleaded guilty to murdering Alan Greaves when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, court officials said.

Mr Greaves, 68, was beaten in the street as he made his way from his home in High Green, Sheffield, to midnight mass at nearby St Saviour's Church, in December.

Ashley Foster, 21, continues to deny murder and will go on trial later this month.

Bowling, of Wesley Road, High Green, Sheffield, appeared in the dock to enter his plea. Judge Roger Keen QC told Bowling he will sentenced following Foster's trial.

Foster, of Carwood Way, Pitsmoor, appeared by videolink from prison. He will go on trial at Sheffield Crown Court on June 24.

Mr Greaves, a former social worker, suffered severe head injuries in the attack and died three days later.

At his funeral, which took place a few hundred metres from where he was assaulted, his widow, Maureen, told a packed St Saviour's her husband was a "truly beautiful man".

Hundreds of people listened to her eulogy to her late husband not only in St Saviour's but also via video link in the equally-full St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, down the road. Scores of wellwishers could not get into either church and stood in freezing temperatures outside, listening to the many tributes to Mr Greaves, through loud speakers.

Both defendants were remanded in custody.

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