Grime artist Solo45 who raped four women in sick ‘game’ has sentence increased

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Grime artist Solo 45, who held four women against their will and repeatedly raped them, has had his prison sentence increased.

Real name Andy Anokye, the twisted abuser has been told he will serve an additional six years, the Court of Appeal ruled.

Anokye was convicted at Bristol Crown Court of 30 charges that spanned the course of two years.

These were 21 rapes, five counts of false imprisonment, two counts of assault by penetration and two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was given a 29-year extended sentence, made up of a 24-year jail term and an extended licence period of five years, in July last year.

But following a hearing on Friday, senior judges concluded the sentence was "unduly lenient" and increased it to 35 years – with a 30-year jail term and five years additional licence.

They said the original sentence did not reflect the fact he carried out multiple offences of rape against four separate victims.

His sentence was referred to the court by the Attorney General's Office (AGO) under the unduly lenient sentencing scheme.

Solicitor General Michael Ellis QC said the decision to increase it “recognises the severity of the abuse” and “the danger he poses to the public”.

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The court rejected an argument by lawyers for the Solicitor General that Anokye should have been given a life sentence.

A bid by Anokye, who is from London but had an apartment in Bristol, to appeal against the length of his original sentence was also rejected.

The musician, who was part of the grime collective Boy Better Know, derived sexual pleasure from torturing the women by waterboarding, interrogating, assaulting and raping them, the court heard.

He claimed the acts were part of consensual role play.

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Police began investigating him in 2017 and found harrowing footage on his mobile phone revealing he had abused multiple women.

Prosecutors described Anokye, who was signed to Island Records and had collaborated with Stormzy, JME and Wiley, as a "violent, controlling narcissist and a bully”.

Judge William Hart, passing sentence in 2020, said Anokye had "become addicted" to the "perverted pleasure" he took from abusing the women.

The judge said his career "was flourishing at the time" and he "would have gone to great heights".

He said none of his fellow artists were aware of his behaviour or "dark side".

The judge added: “They are in no way tarnished by your misdeeds which you carried out in a private way.”

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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