Grime star Solo 45, who has held four women hostage and repeatedly raped them, has been jailed for 24 years
A make-up artist who detained four women against their will and repeatedly raped them has been imprisoned for 24 years.
Andy Anokye, 33, who performed under the stage name Solo 45, was found guilty of 30 charges in the Bristol Crown Court over a two-year period.
These were 21 rapes, five counts of false imprisonment, two counts of sexual assault by penetration and two counts of sexual assault that resulted in actual bodily harm.
The musician, who was part of the grime collective Boy Better Know, took sexual pleasure from torturing the women by boarding, interrogating, attacking and raping them.
He claimed the acts were part of a consensual role-playing game, or a game he played “Catch me, Rape me,” saying he told women he would “terrorize” them.
33-year-old Andy Anokye, who performed under the stage name Solo 45, was found guilty in Bristol Crown Court on 30 charges in respect of a two-year term and was jailed today for 24 years
GRIME STAR’S SECRET LIFE OF ABUSE OF WOMEN OPEN IN FEET HE FILMED
Less than a year before Solo 45 was arrested in his waterfront flat in Bristol, he signed an album deal with Island Records while his single Feed Em To The Lions played.
The footage shows the musician, real name Andy Anokye, holding a glass of champagne in one hand and a pen in the other while signing the deal in June 2016.
The 20-second clip was played when Anokye, now 33, stood on the witness stand at Bristol Crown Court to defend his defense against rape and false prison terms, among other things.
He got emotional as he charted his journey from Tottenham’s Broadwater Farm Estate to performances for large crowds singing his lyrics.
“Looking back, I realize how much this situation … how serious this situation is,” said Anokye.
“I’m talking about guns and scrambles and police chases and shootings and stabs to villas in Cyprus with a pool and an apartment in Bristol.
“To wake up in the morning and see people rowing past my apartment. I didn’t think that would happen. I thought I was stuck. ‘
He got involved in music at the age of 14, but was also an avid computer programmer.
At the age of 16, Anokye left high school after being stabbed and spent time working on a pirate radio station and involved in criminal activity.
He had already given himself the stage name Solo 45 and within two years he became part of the collective Boy Better Know.
He described making a choice to make “radio-friendly music” over “this gang life in Broadwater Farm,” cutting himself off from many people.
His first official single Arrogant featured Wiley, while his second track included Higher JME.
Boy Better Know headlined both the Reading, Leeds and Wireless Festival festivals in 2016, and Anokye teamed up with Stormzy on a track titled 5ive the following year.
“Suddenly I was invited everywhere,” he said.
Describing after parties, Anokye went around with a rider – a list of items needed for his performances – including champagne, fruit, and manuka honey.
He said he filmed himself by participating in ‘vigorous and rough’ sex with dozens of women over the years.
He later discovered the expression dacryphilia – excitement from tears – and explained why he preferred ‘raw emotion’ when it came to sex.
“I don’t think women I’m interfering with look at me and think ‘he’s going to make love to me slowly, sensually and by candlelight,'” Anokye told the jury.
“They all knew what kind of sex I liked. I would explain to them that it would terrorize them.
“We would do many things that pushed the boundaries. I would humiliate them, humiliate them, call them names.
“I have my quirks and my own kinks.”
Those peculiarities and kinks included raping women, locking them up in his house and attacking them, the jury found.
The judges were shown videos filmed by Anokye, showing anxious, crying and painful women as the musician laughed, sexually assaulted and insulted them.
Police began investigating Anokye, who is from London but had a harbor-side apartment in Bristol in 2017 after a woman complained that she had been raped by him.
After his arrest, officers discovered shocking footage Anokye had filmed on his cell phone, revealing that he had abused several women.
Judge William Hart imposed an extended sentence, meaning Anokye will serve 24 years of imprisonment and five years under license, and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for life.
The judge told Anokye, who appeared via a video link from HMP Long Lartin, that he “had no sexual boundaries or empathy for those involved.”
He said Anokye had become “addicted” to the “perverted pleasure” he had in abusing the women in the case.
The judge added, “You have a background in gang associations and criminal violence.
“I am fully convinced that your career as a music artist flourished at the time of this offense and that you would have reached great heights.
“You were part of a well-known collective – Boy Better Know. The fellow artists of that collective have achieved great success. ‘
The judge said none of those fellow artists knew about Anokye’s behavior, or “ dark side. ”
“They are in no way affected by your crimes that you committed in a private way,” the judge told Anokye.
“Your belief has robbed you of that career, but it is up to you alone.”
During the trial, the graphic video clips filmed by Anokye were played in front of the jury.
They had Anokye question the women about previous sexual partners, beat them, insult and rape them.
A clip showed a woman crying and saying “I hate you” while the musician laughed and made a thumbs up at the camera.
The videos were so intimate and extreme that Judge William Hart cleared the courtroom’s public gallery when they were shown.
At the end of the trial, the judge apologized to the panel in the future of the jury service and paid tribute to how they handled the “rather disturbing” evidence.
Anokye, who was signed to Island Records and had worked with Stormzy, JME and Wiley, was described by prosecutors as a “violent, controlling narcissist and a bully” during the case.
During the lawsuit, he heard that he was forcing a woman to lie in a bath of ice-cold water while holding a gun to another woman’s head. and left someone with a bottle of water tied to her finger with a shoelace.
His abuse included holding a bleach-covered cloth to women’s faces, with one woman telling jurors that he had pushed a cell phone down her throat.
Anokye gave evidence and told the court that he had dacryphilia – tear-induced sexual arousal.
Christopher Quinlan, QC, continued, said Anokye is “dangerous” to the public and carries a risk of physical and sexual violence.
“He’s a calculating, very manipulative man,” said Mr. Quinlan. “He has no idea at all about what good-minded people consider correct behavioral values.”
Following Anokye’s arrest, police investigated videos and images on three cell phones, an external hard drive and a laptop in his Bristol apartment.
They contacted other women and three came forward with complaints of abuse by him.
A fifth woman also testified against Anokye during the trial, but jurors heard that he could not be charged with alleged crimes against her for taking place abroad.
Sally O’Neill, QC, who represents Anokye, said he is willing to undergo treatment programs for his behavior.
She told the court that he has a “persistent anxiety disorder” and has been a “different person” since his arrest in 2017.
Anokye was convicted on March 11 of this year for 30 charges.