A group of individuals accused of committing heinous acts of torture, sexual assault, and murder against 31-year-old Adam Clapham, as well as torturing and sexually assaulting another victim, have been convicted of their horrific crimes. The trial, which commenced on April 19, 2023, at Sheffield Crown Court, concluded yesterday with guilty verdicts for the majority of the defendants involved.
The individuals found guilty of murder include 18-year-old Muhammad Ashraf, 23-year-old Arbab Yusuf, 30-year-old Kieron Millar, 31-year-old Robert Crookes, and an unnamed 17-year-old boy. These perpetrators were also charged with offenses such as Section 18 assault, false imprisonment, and rape.
Throughout the seven-week trial, the court was presented with the chilling account of events that unfolded on the fateful night of September 18, 2022. After receiving a report of a severely injured person, the police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service swiftly responded to the scene. The survivor, whose identity is protected by lifelong anonymity, courageously recounted to emergency service personnel the harrowing ordeal endured at a residence in Rotherham. The victim detailed being bound, beaten, and subjected to hours of torture.
The following day, law enforcement authorities responded to another distress call concerning an individual, leading them to forcibly enter a property on Spring Street, Rotherham. Tragically, they discovered the lifeless body of Mr. Clapham. The shocking nature of the crimes and the devastating impact on the victims’ lives deeply affected Detective Chief Inspector Emma Knight, the Senior Investigating Officer in charge of the case.
In reflecting on the disturbing evidence, Detective Chief Inspector Knight expressed her heartfelt admiration for the surviving victim’s immense courage in recounting the traumatic experience before the court. She also extended sympathies to Mr. Clapham’s bereaved family and friends, who had to endure the painful details surrounding their loved one’s death. The degree of cruelty exhibited by the defendants was indescribable, and they will now face the consequences of their involvement in these abhorrent crimes.
It is crucial to note that victims of sexual offenses are granted lifelong anonymity under the Sexual Offences Act. Violating this protection by identifying or providing information that could lead to the identification of a victim is illegal and should be avoided.
The details of each defendant’s charges are as follows:
- Muhammad Ashraf, 18, residing on Fraser Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of murder, Section 18 assault, two counts of false imprisonment, and rape.
- Arbab Yusuf, 23, residing on Norwood Avenue, Romford, was found guilty of murder, Section 18 assault, two counts of false imprisonment, and rape.
- Kieron Millar, 30, residing on Mount Pleasant Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of murder, Section 18 assault, and two counts of false imprisonment. He was acquitted of the rape charge.
- Robert Crookes, 31, with no fixed abode, was found guilty of murder, Section 18 assault, two counts of false imprisonment, and rape.
- A 17-year-old boy, whose identity is protected by legal reasons, was found guilty of murder, Section 18 assault, two counts of false imprisonment, and rape.
- Lynette Myers, 39, residing on Hounsfield Crescent, Rotherham, was found guilty of Section 18 assault and one count of false imprisonment. She was acquitted of the murder charge, one count of false imprisonment, and rape.
- Martin Shaw, 44, residing on Norfolk Street, Rotherham, was found not guilty of assisting an offender.
The verdicts delivered by the court reflect the gravity of the crimes committed and signify that justice has been served for the victims and their families.
The verdicts in this harrowing case send a strong message that society will not tolerate such atrocious acts of violence and cruelty. The details of the crimes committed by this group are truly shocking and serve as a stark reminder of the importance of vigilance and support for victims of sexual offenses.
It is crucial that we continue to raise awareness about the lifelong anonymity granted to survivors and respect their privacy in order to protect them from further harm.
The courage exhibited by the surviving victim in recounting their ordeal deserves immense admiration, and our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Adam Clapham, who have had to endure the painful process of the trial. This case serves as a tragic reminder of the ongoing need for efforts to prevent such acts of violence and ensure the safety and well-being of all members of society.