Famous rap singer jailed for 24 years for rapes
Singer Andy Anokye, who performs as Solo 45, was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of England. The 33-year-old rapper was convicted of 30 charges including 21 counts of rape. During the trial, the jury were shown graphic videos of the brutal attacks. He was found guilty of raping four women and holding them against their will has been jailed for 24 years. Andy Anokye admitted he would terrorise women during rough sex. Judge William Hart told Anokye he had become addicted to the perverted pleasure he took from abusing the women. “Anokye had no sexual boundaries or empathy for those concerned,” he added. Judge Hart said: "I am 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." The judge told Anokye, who appeared by video link from HMP Long Lartin, he had 'no sexual boundaries or empathy for those concerned'. The judge imposed an extended sentence meaning Anokye will serve 24 years in prison and five on license. Anokye was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life. In March, Anokye 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 offences were committed between February 2015 and March 2017.
The rapper claimed the acts were part of consensual role play, or a game he played called 'Catch me, Rape me', and said he told women he would 'terrorise' them. Police began investigating Anokye, who is from London after a woman complained she had been raped by him. After his arrest, officers discovered harrowing footage filmed by Anokye on his mobile phone that revealed he had abused multiple women. Anokye, who is from London but had a flat in Bristol, was part of grime collective Boy Better Know. He appeared as part of that collective on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds Festival in 2016. His best known track as Solo 45 was Feed Em To The Lions, which was covered by Craig David - as a mash-up with Destiny Child's Say My Name - for an appearance on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge in 2016.
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