Grime artist Solo 45 jailed for 24 years for multiple rapes

Musician Andy Anokye held four women against their will and repeatedly raped them

The grime artist Solo 45, whose real name is Andy Anokye, has been jailed for 24 years for holding four women against their will and raping them repeatedly.

His victims described how he beat and threatened them with weapons, held a cloth with bleach over their faces and waterboarded them, recording much of the abuse on his mobile phone.

Anokye, 33, who grew up in Tottenham, north London, but was living in a Bristol apartment at the time of his arrest, was convicted of 30 charges in March.

The musician, who was part of the collective Boy Better Know, admitted in court that he liked to “terrorise” women, but insisted they always consented to his “rape game”.

However, when asked during cross-examination at Bristol crown court whether he ever continued to have sex when a woman had asked him to stop, Anokye initially said he “usually” did stop, before swiftly correcting himself to say “always”.

The videos he made of his crimes were so extreme and intimate that the public gallery was cleared when they were shown and, unusually, only two members of the media were allowed to view them.

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

In impact statements the victims spoke of the deep, ongoing trauma they suffered. One said: “He tortured me for hours and in those moments I would’ve complied with anything for terror of him torturing or hurting me again.”

Another wrote: “I had nightmares for about two and a half years where I would regularly wake up screaming and crying.” And a third said: “He has ruined my life.”

The judge, William Hart, ordered Anokye to serve 24 years in prison and a further five years on licence. Hart told him he had “no sexual boundaries” or empathy for his victims, and that he had become addicted to the “perverted pleasure” he took from the abuse.

The judge said: “I’m entirely satisfied that your career as a music artist was flourishing at the time of this offending and that you would have gone to great heights. Your convictions have deprived you of that career, but the fault is yours alone.”

Jill MacNamara, from the Crown Prosecution Service, 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 2m 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.”


Steven Morris

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Grime artist who raped four women has jail sentence increased
Appeal court adds six years to prison term of Andy Anokye, 33, who performed under the name Solo 45

Steven Morris

15, Jan, 2021 @3:29 PM

Article image
'Stay involved': grime stars hail young voters turning out for Labour
After championing Jeremy Corbyn with the #grime4corbyn movement, JME, Stormzy and other musicians are celebrating Labour’s gains – and landing a big blow against political apathy

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

09, Jun, 2017 @11:34 AM

Article image
Ivor Novellos give nod to grime artist Skepta as Adele overlooked
Skepta up for best contemporary record in songwriting awards that notably omit bestselling artist in the world

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

19, Apr, 2016 @12:38 PM

Article image
‘Monumental for Black British culture’: the exhibition celebrating two decades of grime
A new show at the Museum of London tells the history of a scene that shaped British music, streetwear and slang – and launched the careers of Ghetts, Skepta and JME

Joseph JP Patterson

14, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

Article image
Glastonbury highlights: from Corbyn chants to Ed Sheeran via grime
Pyramid stage and Left Field play host to political animals and NYC Downlow celebrates its 10th birthday

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

23, Jun, 2017 @5:23 PM

Article image
Boring and ignoring grime – but at least the Bedingfields weren't at the Brits
Award for A Tribe Called Quest is really only surprise on a night of predictable winners, with David Bowie taking home best male solo artist

Alexis Petridis

22, Feb, 2017 @11:49 PM

Article image
Boy Better Know: ‘We should have been playing big festivals six years ago’
With Drake on their label and Corbyn in their contacts, grime collective BBK are big-time. Skepta, JME and the rest of the crew get in the Glastonbury mood, talking vegan food, politics and adventures in the healing field

Kate Hutchinson

22, Jun, 2017 @5:31 PM

Article image
Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime
The Long Read: After more than a decade of being fetishised and then written off, grime now dominates British pop culture. To understand why, you need to understand the man who created it

Dan Hancox

24, Jan, 2017 @6:00 AM

Article image
Grime artist Saskilla criticises music industry for a lack of change
Star’s Do Black Lives Still Matter? BBC documentary finds black people are still denied opportunities

Aamna Mohdin Community affairs correspondent

27, Jun, 2021 @6:09 PM

Article image
Boy Better Know at Wireless review – grime breaks through the festival headline barrier
Grime’s most successful crew turn their pirate-scene experience into a heaving mass congregation as Pharrell and Skepta help demonstrate the genre’s commercial potential

Sam Wolfson

11, Jul, 2016 @12:21 PM