A 16-year-old boy has today been sentenced to six years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty to the rape and robbery of a young Japanese woman in the Netherthorpe area of Sheffield.
Jerone Thompson, of Sheffield, followed the 18-year-old woman as she walked along Hammond Street in Netherthorpe, at around 7.30pm on Friday, 24 August 2012. He snatched her handbag and she chased him to a nearby wooded area, where she was subjected to a traumatic sexual assault.
Following a police appeal, Thompson was arrested, and pleaded guilty to rape and robbery on Tuesday, 15 January 2013, at Sheffield Crown Court.
– Detective Chief Inspector Bob Chapman
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 that this offence has been brought swiftly before the courts, and the serious nature of the offence has been reflected in the resultant sentence.
“Stranger rape is an incredibly rare offence in South Yorkshire and I would like to recognise the hard work performed by Sheffield West CID, who in the immediate aftermath of the offence, worked around the clock to ensure that the offender was quickly identified, apprehended, charged and taken off the streets as quickly as possible.”