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Solo 45 trial: Grime artist convicted of 21 rapes

Andy Anokye
Andy Anokye

A man who assaulted, tortured and threatened to kill four women he falsely imprisoned and violently sexually assaulted has been convicted of a total of 30 offences, including 21 counts of rape.

Andy Anokye, a Grime musician who performed as Solo 45, filmed himself attacking his victims on his phone.

An investigation by our Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) established the 33–year-old also waterboarded one of his victims, held a shotgun to the head of another and forced a third to sit with a bottle of water tied to her finger with a shoelace.

He claimed during a four month trial at Bristol Crown Court his victims had consented to being assaulted.

But a jury of seven women and five men, who were played many of the videos filmed by Anokye, ruled he was guilty of 21 counts of rape, five counts of false imprisonment, two counts of assault by penetration and two of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Andy Anokye threatened one of his victims with a shotgun – an image of which was found on his phone

The offences came to light after his last victim told friends of the abuse before making a report to police.

Anokye, formerly of Millennium Parade, Bristol was arrested and his electronic devices including three mobile phones, a laptop and a hard drive were seized.

An examination of these devices led police to identify his other three victims.

A fifth woman who had met him in Cyprus also came forward after seeing media coverage of the initial charges laid against him. However, as the offences she alleged Anokye committed against her took place abroad, police did not have jurisdiction to bring charges.

“I hope today’s verdicts bring some solace to the victims in this case who have suffered unimaginable horrors. Our focus will remain on supporting them as we have done for almost three years since this investigation began.”

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rice

In total, 2.3 million digital items were recovered and assessed by the investigation team which included detectives from the MCIT, digital media investigators from our Digital Forensic Unit, specially trained disclosure officers, and victim contact officers.

The resulting inquiry found Anokye had carried out the attacks at locations including his Bristol and London homes, his victim’s homes and a hotel in Southend-on-Sea between 2014 and 2017.

During his defence, Anokye told jurors he enjoyed playing a “rape game” and he liked to “terrorise” women during “rough sex”. The jury also heard he had an interest in dacryphilia – the sexual arousal from tears.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rice said: “I hope today’s verdicts bring some solace to the victims in this case who have suffered unimaginable horrors.

“Our focus will remain on supporting them as we have done for almost three years since this investigation began, and we will continue to do so through to sentencing and beyond.”

He added: “This case has been one of the largest and most complex investigations Avon and Somerset Police has ever undertaken due to the volume of digital material involved.

“Despite the complexity and scale, my team worked tirelessly through the enormous volume of material to present the evidence to the court.

“Like all police forces across the country, we are wholly committed to supporting victims of rape and sexual assault – that could range from simply recording the offence, through to having it fully investigated and seeking to prosecute an offender.

“I encourage any victim of sexual offences to report the incident to the police or local Sexual Assault Referral Centre – we will always respect the privacy and wishes of victims, and work with partners to support and refer them for specialist help. Reporting also allows us to identify, dangerous and repeat offenders, and potentially prevent future offences.”

Anokye will be sentenced at a later date.

If you’ve been a victim of sexual abuse, recent or non-recent, you don’t have to speak to the police. You can self-refer to The Bridge, a Sexual Assault Referral Centre available 24/7 365 days a year. Visit their website at thebridgecanhelp.org.uk or call 0117 342 6999.

You can also visit thisisnotanexcuse.org for details of charities and organisations who are experts in supporting victims of sexual offences.

Anyone affected by this inquiry can call police on 101 or visit their local neighbourhood policing team.