Grime artist Solo 45 convicted of repeatedly raping four women

Andy Anokye is accused of raping and falsely imprisoning young women A grime artist has been convicted of holding four women against their will and repeatedly raping them.

Andy Anokye, 33, who performs under the stage name Solo 45, was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of 30 charges relating to a two-year period.

He was unanimously convicted of 21 rapes, five counts of false imprisonment, two counts of assault by penetration and two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The musician, who was part of the grime collective Boy Better Know, did not react as the jury of seven women and five men returned the verdicts following 10 hours and 55 minutes of deliberations.

Judge William Hart adjourned sentencing for a date to be fixed and ordered a psychiatric report to be carried out on the defendant.

He told the jury: “It is almost four months since we first met here to try this lengthy indictment.

“You have had to listen to and indeed watch some extremely graphic evidence and make very important decisions in the lives of all those concerned.“I am very grateful to you. It is finally over.“I will sentence Mr Anokye on a date that is convenient to counsel.”Judge Hart excused the panel from jury service in the future and paid tribute to how they had listened to “quite disturbing” evidence during the trial.The court heard the four complainants have made victim personal statements, describing the impact of Anokye’s offences on them.During the trial, graphic video clips – filmed by Anokye […]

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