British-Ghanaian rapper found guilty of raping four women


Andy Anokye, a.k.a. Solo 45, was found guilty of raping four women — Photo Credit: Avon & Somerset Police
British-Ghanaian rapper, Andy Anokye, known by his stage name, Solo 45, has been found guilty of raping four women.

According to Metro, the 33-year-old, who was part of the group, Boy Better Know, was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of 30 charges stemming from a two-year period. 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.

He denied the charges, although admitting he terrorized the victims during “rough sex,” BBC reports. Anokye was arrested after one of the victims reported him to the police. Authorities subsequently confiscated his mobile phones and laptops. After browsing through his devices, they were able to get in touch with three other women.

Anokye, who is originally from London but stayed in Bristol, allegedly met the victims at his shows and established relationships with them before raping and assaulting them.

“We were able to prove that Anokye was a violent, controlling narcissist and bully who took pleasure in inflicting pain and suffering upon his victims,” Jill MacNamara, of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said, according to BBC.

“He filmed many of his attacks on his mobile phone, and this footage, along with the brave testimony of his victims, created a compelling case against him.

“He claimed sexual activity with these women was consensual role-play and pointed to the fact that some of the women stayed in a relationship with him after the assaults.

“However, the CPS was able to prove none of these women had consented to the sexual activity or the violence and threats made against them.

“The fear he elicited must have made it obvious they did not consent.”

According to the victims, Anokye’s modus operandi when it came to raping and assaulting them included the use of weapons, forcibly detaining them, applying a cloth with bleach on their faces and water-boarding them, Metro reports.