Teenage boy appears at court accused of Sheffield rape

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A BOY of 16 appeared at court yesterday accused of raping a Japanese tourist visiting Sheffield.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with the offence on Thursday night after being arrested early the same morning.

He is accused of raping and robbing the 18-year-old woman in the Ponderosa Park at Netherthorpe last Friday night.

The woman was a tourist visiting the city on holiday when she was attacked.

She was dragged into woodland near a children’s playground and raped after chasing a mugger into the park who had snatched her handbag on a nearby street.

The teenage suspect accused of the offences has been remanded in custody. He has not yet entered pleas.

Police have revealed the woman has returned home to Japan to recover from her ordeal.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Chapman, who is overseeing the investigation into the sex attack, said: “She has returned home to Japan but South Yorkshire Police are still in touch with her and providing her with support.”

The sex attack led to police chiefs ordering extra patrols of the Netherthorpe area to try to reassure residents who raised concerns for their safety.

DCI Chapman added: “The police are treating this case extremely seriously and there has been a team of detectives working on it around the clock since it was reported.”