16-year-old boy under 5 charged with rape and murder of father

Five people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested and charged in connection with the false imprisonment, rape and murder of a 31-year-old man in South Yorkshire, England.

Adam Clapham, from Rotherham, was found unresponsive on Spring Street in Rotherham on September 19, the BBC reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He is survived by a young daughter.

South Yorkshire Police said they had received calls about concerns for his welfare.

“Officials were called to reports of concern for a man on Spring Street at around 10:48am Monday (September 19). Upon arrival, 31-year-old Adam Clapham was found unresponsive and was unfortunately confirmed dead at the scene,” an official statement from South Yorkshire Police said.

Police announced on Saturday that a fifth person has been charged in connection with Clapham’s death.

Last week, homeless Robert Crookes, 31, Lynette Myers, 38, of Hounsfield Crescent, Rotherham, and a 16-year-old boy, whose name cannot be released for legal reasons, were charged with murder, false imprisonment, § 18 aggravated assault and oral rape, Birmingham Live reported.

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

On Friday, Kieron Millar, 29, of Mount Pleasant Road, Rotherham, was charged with murder, aggravated Section 18 assault, false detention and inciting a man to engage in sexual activity, police said.

Crookes, Myers, Shaw and the unidentified teenager were due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. Millar was due to appear in court on Saturday morning, according to police.

Police have not released details of the events leading up to Clapham’s death and the motive. It is not known whether any of the suspects knew the victim.

“We continue to make progress and are compiling the circumstances that led to the tragic death of this young man,” Chief Superintendent Laura Koscikiewicz, the Rotherham Borough Commander, said in a previous statement.

“We have conducted several investigations into the area and there are a small number of scenes as our investigation continues,” the police chief added. “Officials remain in the area and conduct patrols. We understand that incidents of this nature cause great concern in the local community and we will remain in your neighborhood in the coming days to provide additional reassurance to local residents.”

Authorities are asking any witnesses to come forward with information about the case. Anyone with information was asked to contact the South Yorkshire Force.

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