A TEENAGE boy has appeared in court charged with raping a Japanese tourist in a Sheffield park.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Sheffield Youth Court yesterday.
A further hearing is to take place tomorrow ahead of an expected committal to Sheffield Crown Court.
No plea has been entered to the charge, and the youth has been remanded into local authority secure accommodation by magistrates.
The attack on the tourist is alleged to have happened at about 7.30pm on Friday, August 24, after she chased a mugger who grabbed her handbag at the corner of Hammond Street and Bellefield Street, Netherthorpe.
The victim - an 18-year-old woman in Sheffield for a visit as a tourist - had just caught up with the thief when he pulled her into woodland and subjected her to a serious sexual assault, only yards from a children’s playground at the Ponderosa Park in Netherthorpe.
After the attack, police stepped up patrols and urged members of the public to come forward with information about the incident.