Rotherham news: Boy, 16, is among three people charged with rape and murder

Boy, 16, is among three people charged with rape and murder after father-of-one, 31, was found dead in Rotherham

  • Adam Clapham, 31, who had a young daughter, was found dead in the town 
  • This followed concern for welfare reports to officers during that day 
  • Robert Crookes, 31, Lynette Myers, 38, and a boy, 16, are charged with murder
  • The trio also face allegations of false imprisonment, GBH and oral rape
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A 16-year-old boy is among three people charged today with the murder and rape of a father-of-one in Rotherham. 

Adam Clapham, 31, who had a young daughter, was found dead on Spring Street on the day of the Queen‘s funeral after concern for welfare reports at around 10.48am. 

On Monday, officers rushed to the scene where they found the 31-year-old unresponsive and confirmed him dead. 

Robert Crookes, 31, of no fixed address, Lynette Myers, 38, of Hounsfield Crescent, Rotherham, and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, have all been charged with murder. 

They also faced allegations of false imprisonment, a section 18 grievous bodily harm offence and oral rape when they appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court today. 

Adam Clapham, 31, who had a young daughter, was found dead on Spring Street on the day of the Queen's funeral after concern for welfare reports at around 10.48am

Adam Clapham, 31, who had a young daughter, was found dead on Spring Street on the day of the Queen’s funeral after concern for welfare reports at around 10.48am

On Monday, officers rushed to the scene (pictured, Spring Street) where they found the 31-year-old unresponsive and confirmed him dead

On Monday, officers rushed to the scene (pictured, Spring Street) where they found the 31-year-old unresponsive and confirmed him dead

Martin Shaw, 43, of Norfolk Street, Rotherham, has also been charged with assisting an offender.

In a previous statement Ch Supt Laura Koscikiewicz, district commander for Rotherham, said: ‘We continue to make progress and piece together the circumstances which have led to the tragic death of this young man.

‘We have been conducting several enquiries in the surrounding area and there are a small number of scenes in place as our investigations continue.

‘Officers remain in the area carrying out patrols. We understand incidents of this nature cause great concern among the local community, and we will remain in your neighbourhoods over the coming days to provide additional reassurance to local residents.’

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Knight added: ‘We have been conducting a number of enquiries over the last few days to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

‘We also have a number of officers patrolling the area to provide further reassurance to local residents.’

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: ‘Adam’s family have released an image of him and continue to be supported by our specially trained officers.

‘They have asked for their privacy to be respected at this extremely difficult time.’

Ms Knight also asked people with information to come forward ‘no matter how small’ what they had to share with police. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 by quoting incident number 256 of 19 September 2022. 

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