Five jailed for life for murder of father tortured for hours in cellar

The ringleader of a gang who tortured and murdered a father-of-one has been advised he should serve no less than 39 years in jail by a choose who mentioned the struggling inflicted “is troublesome to think about”.

Arbab Yusuf was one of 5 folks jailed for life on Monday for murdering addict Adam Clapham in the “darkish and dingy” basement of a home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

A trial earlier this 12 months heard that Mr Clapham was tied to a chair and tortured for 5 hours, together with being overwhelmed with a hammer, hit with bottles and having boiling water poured over him.

The 31-year-old was held captive together with one other man in the early hours of September 18 2022 after the pair had been blamed for £300 of medication cash going lacking from the handle, which was used for dealing.

Sheffield Crown Courtroom heard {that a} pathologist discovered 214 areas of harm on Mr Clapham’s physique, together with 52 on his head.

Each of the captive males had been filmed as they had been pressured to present one another oral intercourse and their attackers mocked them.

The choose, Mr Justice Dove, mentioned the horrific incident illustrated the “appalling penalties of the medication commerce in our communities”.

On the finish of a prolonged trial in June, Yusuf, 24, of Lord Road, Rotherham; Muhammad Ashraf, 18, of Fraser Street, Rotherham; Kieron Millar, 30, of Mount Nice Street, Rotherham; Robert Crookes, 31, of no fastened handle; and a 17-year-old boy, who can’t be named, had been all discovered responsible of murder.

Ashraf, Yusuf, Crookes and the 17-year-old had been additionally discovered responsible of inflicting grievous bodily hurt with intent, false imprisonment and rape.

Millar and a sixth defendant, Lynette Myers, 39, of Hounsfield Crescent, Rotherham, had been discovered responsible of grievous bodily hurt with intent and false imprisonment.

The struggling inflicted on (Adam Clapham) is troublesome to think about

Mr Justice Dove, Sheffield Crown Courtroom

On Monday, all 5 of the defendants convicted of murder had been jailed for life, with Yusuf given a 39-year minimal time period, Crookes a minimal of 37 years, Millar a 30-year minimal, Ashraf a minimal of 28 years, and the 17-year-old a 21-year minimal.

The choose advised {the teenager} he was positive he had been groomed for a life as a drug supplier.

Myers was jailed for 12 years.

The choose highlighted the “sadistic factor” of the incident, saying it was a “relentless, sadistic assault”.

He mentioned: “The struggling inflicted on (Mr Clapham) is troublesome to think about.”

Earlier, Mr Clapham’s mom, Carol Clapham, learn an influence assertion to the packed courtroom, saying: “The circumstances of his demise offers me nightmares and can without end by imprinted in my ideas.

“No-one deserves what occurred to Adam.”

Mrs Clapham added: “Adam was a sort, mild man and wouldn’t hurt anybody.”

She mentioned her son won’t ever get to see his seven-year-old daughter develop up.

An announcement was additionally learn from the person who survived the incident in what he described because the “darkish and dingy” cellar.

He mentioned: “What occurred to me was horrific however what occurred to Adam was far worse.

“The abuse was horrific and I’ve been left with bodily and psychological scars.

“We didn’t know what they had been going to do subsequent.”

He added that he was “tortured and humiliated” and so they “left me for useless in that cellar”.

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