A BOY aged 16 who raped and robbed a Japanese student in a horrific attack in Sheffield has been locked up for six years.
Jerone Thompson, who was 15 at the time of the attack, raped the woman at the Ponderosa in Netherthorpe when she chased him after he snatched her handbag.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Thompson, of no fixed address, followed his 18-year-old victim as she walked along Hammond Street at around 7.30pm on Friday, August 24.
He snatched her handbag and she chased him to a nearby wooded area, where she was raped.
Police launched a high profile manhunt and Thompson was identified via his DNA.
Detective Chief Inspector Bob Chapman said: “This was a terrible and traumatic attack on a young girl, and I cannot begin to imagine what she must have gone through at the time and indeed since.
“I am very pleased this offence has been brought swiftly before the courts, and the serious nature of the offence has been reflected in the sentence.
“Stranger rape is an incredibly rare offence in South Yorkshire. In the immediate aftermath officers worked around the clock to ensure the offender was taken off the streets as quickly as possible.”