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Boy, 16, Among Three People Charged With Raping & Murdering 31-Year-Old Man

Three people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been charged with raping and murdering a 31-year-old father-of-one, in Rotherham.

Adam Clapham murder
Adam Clapham, 31, was found dead in Rotherham on the day of the Queen's funeral

31-year-old Adam Clapham, who had a young daughter, was found unresponsive at an address in Spring Street, Rotherham, on September 19.

Paramedics attended the property shortly before 11am, but Mr Clapham was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested along with 31-year-old Robert Crookes, of no fixed address, and 38-year-old Lynette Myers, of Hounsfield Crescent, Rotherham.

The three have also been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and false imprisonment.

43-year-old Martin Shaw, of Norfolk Street, Rotherham, has also been charged with assisting an offender. All four defendants were due to appear before Sheffield Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Police are still requesting that anyone who may have information on the case to contact them.

Chief Superintendent Laura Koscikiewicz, previously 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."

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "Adam's family has 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."

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