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Maureen Greaves: I feel 'true forgiveness' towards killers

On Christmas Eve in 2012, Alan Greaves was attacked as he walked to his church in Sheffield, dying a few days later.

This Christmas, his daughter was married in that same church.

Alan's widow Maureen told the Today programme's Sarah Montague that the wedding day "was very much a celebration".

She said she was happy that they "were together as a family" doing wedding preparations, and noted that her daughter was also married using her father's ring.

Ms Greaves also spoke of the forgiveness she felt towards Jonathan Bowling and Ashley Foster, the two men jailed for the killing. She said: "It's through God's mercy that I have been able to extend real and true forgiveness."

She added, however, that she was still glad the pair remain in prison and that she had always "wanted justice".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 3 January 2014.

  • 03 Jan
  • From the section UK