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24th Sep 2022

Boy, 16, and two others charged with rape and murder of dad-of-one

Steve Hopkins

The boy and three others were due to appear in a Sheffield court Friday

A 16-year-old boy is among three charged with raping and murdering a father-of-one who was found dead on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

Adam Clapham was found unresponsive at an address in Spring Street, Rotherham, on 19 September.

Emergency services were called shortly before 11am but the 31-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

The trio have been charged with murder, false imprisonment and grievous bodily harm with intent.

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

The four defendants were due to appear before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Detectives are still urging anyone who might have information on the case to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via live chat, our online portal or by calling 101 and quoting incident number 256 of 19 September 2022.

People can access the online portal and live chat here: or, alternatively, give information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers via their website – – or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.

Chief Superintendent Laura Koscikiewicz, district commander for Rotherham, 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.”

Clapham is survived by his young daughter.

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