Grime musician jailed for 29 years for multiple rapes

|News, Sexual offences

Grime artist Andy Anokye, who performed under the name Solo 45, has been sentenced to 29 years at Bristol Crown Court today for raping, assaulting and imprisoning four women.

The musician was convicted of 25 counts of rape and sexual assault and five counts of false imprisonment in March 2020.

The offences were committed over a 26-month period between February 2015 and March 2017. 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 victims.

The sentencing comes on the same day as the CPS launched a new five year strategy to increase the number of prosecutions of rape and serious sexual offences.

Jill Macnamara, of the CPS, said: “Today’s sentence reflects the severity of Anokye’s crimes and the risk he poses to women. I hope that it goes some way in providing all of these women with a sense that justice has been achieved.

“This was an incredibly complex case, involving the review of over two million digital files. The commitment of the CPS to see this case through to its conclusion shows that we will not shy away from difficult cases.

“We want every victim of rape to have the confidence that their case will be fully investigated by the police and that, in every case where there is sufficient evidence, the Crown Prosecution Service will charge and prosecute.

“I would like to thank all of the women who came forward to tell of their traumatic experiences with this man. They include the four women he was convicted of raping and assaulting, and a fifth who provided valuable supporting evidence, whose own allegation could not be prosecuted as it happened abroad”.

Notes to editors

  • Jill Macnamara is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West
  • Andy Anokye (DOB 27/02/87) was sentenced to a custodial period of 24 years, followed by an extended licence period of 5 years.
  • He 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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