Widow of murdered church organist Alan Greaves is attacked in street

 

The widow of a church organist murdered in a street attack on Christmas Eve has described how she was herself the subject of a violent mugging as the trial of her husband's killers draws nearer.

Alan Greaves, a devout Christian lay-preacher and former social worker, was killed in attack near his home in the High Green area of Sheffield last year.

Jonathan Bowling, 22, was jailed for a minimum of 25 years last month after he admitted murdering the 68-year-old and another 22-year-old, Ashley Foster, was found guilty of Mr Greaves' manslaughter and jailed for nine years.

His widow, Church Army evangelist Maureen Greaves, 64, spoke after the trial how she had forgiven her husband's killers.

Now Mrs Greaves had described how she was punched in the face in the street in June by a woman who tried to take her handbag.

She told the Sheffield Star how it made her think of how her husband would have felt when he was being brutally assaulted.

"It was very frightening," Mrs Greaves said.

"The worst thing was it made me imagine Alan being attacked and what he was feeling.

“If I had been 80 years old I wouldn’t have been able to defend myself, and she could have really shocked and scared me.”

Mrs Greaves was attacked outside shops on Burncross Road, in Chapeltown, Sheffield.

She said the woman demanded cash and hit her so hard it knocked off her glasses and left her with bruises.

Her son Peter was present and intervened.

South Yorkshire Police said a 24-year-old woman was arrested on on suspicion of assault and attempted robbery.

A spokeswoman said: "A file regarding the woman has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration pending psychiatric reports."

Additional reporting by Press Association

News
Emma Watson has become the latest target of the 4Chan nude hacking scandal
peopleThreats follows actress' speech on feminism and equality at the UN
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
Life and Style
tech
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Life and Style
tech
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
life
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
News
i100
Life and Style
life
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits