Grime artist Solo 45 jailed for 24 years after raping four women

Andy Anokye, 33, who performs under the stage name Solo 45, was convicted of 30 charges in March following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Grime artist Solo 45 has been jailed for 24 years for holding four women against their will and repeatedly raping them.

Andy Anokye, 33, who performed under the stage name Solo 45, was convicted of 30 charges in March following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

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 court heard during his trial earlier this year that Anokye filmed himself attacking the victims on his phone. The incidents took place between 2014 and 2017.

Judge William Hart imposed an extended sentence, meaning Anokye will serve 24 years in prison and a further five years on licence.

Anokye had “no sexual boundaries and no empathy for the women concerned”, the judge told the court.

Judge Hart said: “You have an admitted background involving gang association and violence but you have no previous convictions for sexual offending.

“I am entirely satisfied that your career as an artist was flourishing at the time of this offending and would have gone to greater heights.

“The popular acclaim that greeted performances of your best-known track Feed Em To The Lions was evident in the various videos that the jury saw of your performances.

“You were part of a well-known collective, Boy Better Know. The fellow artists from that collective have achieved great success.

“But none of those artists, dedicated to their craft, knew of your dark side and they are in no way tainted by your misdeeds which were carried out in a wholly private and hidden way.”