Grime artist Solo 45 convicted of multiple rapes

|News, Sexual offences

Grime artist Andy Anokye, who performed under the name Solo 45, has been found guilty of raping, assaulting and imprisoning four women.

The 33-year-old musician from Bristol was convicted of 25 counts of rape and sexual assault by a jury at Bristol Crown Court today, 11 March 2020.

He was also found guilty of five counts of false imprisonment of his victims.

The offences were committed over a 26-month period between February 2015 and March 2017. He met the women at his gigs and developed relationships with them before assaulting them.

One of the victims told friends and police what had happened and when police seized Anokye’s mobile telephones and laptop, it led police to three other women victims.

Jill MacNamara, of the CPS, said: “We were able to prove that Anokye was a violent, controlling narcissist and bully who took pleasure in inflicting pain and suffering upon his victims.

"He filmed many of his attacks on his mobile phone and this footage, along with the brave testimony of his victims, created a compelling case against him.

“He claimed sexual activity with these women was consensual role-play and pointed to the fact that some of the women stayed in relationship with him after the assaults.

“However the CPS was able to prove none of these women had consented to the sexual activity or the violence and threats made against them. The fear he elicited must have made it obvious they did not consent.

"I would like to thank all the women who came forward to tell of their traumatic experiences with Anokye.

“The commitment of the CPS to see this case through to its conclusion after three years and two separate trials shows that we will not shy away from difficult cases.

"We want every victim of rape to have the confidence that where there is sufficient evidence, the CPS will prosecute."

Notes to editors

  • Jill MacNamara is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West
  • Andy Anokye (DOB 27/02/87) was convicted of:
    • 21 counts of rape, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003
    • Two counts of assault by penetration, contrary to section 2 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003
    • Two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, contrary to section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861
    • Five counts of false imprisonment

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