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Pair 'seen laughing after killing organist'

By Dave Higgens

A church organist was battered to death with a pickaxe handle and another weapon by two men who were spotted laughing after they set upon him on Christmas Eve, prosecutors have said.

Alan Greaves (68) was attacked as he walked to St Saviour's Church in High Green, Sheffield, for Midnight Mass on December 24.

Mr Greaves died from severe head injuries in hospital three days later.

Opening the prosecution case at Sheffield Crown Court, Robert Smith QC told the jury that Mr Greaves was attacked by Jonathan Bowling and Ashley Foster as he walked to the service to play the organ – a tradition he carried out every Christmas for 40 years.

The prosecutor said a pickaxe handle was used along with another unidentified weapon to inflict "grave and catastrophic" head injuries.

Foster (22), from Sheffield, denies one count of murder. The jury was told that Bowling (22), also from Sheffield, has already admitted murdering Mr Greaves.

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