By Shivangi Chawla
British grime musician Solo 45 was sentenced Thursday to 24 years in prison for raping four women in what police said was among the most violent sexual behavior they had seen. A man who assaulted, tortured, and threatened to kill four women he falsely imprisoned and violently sexually assaulted. The rapper, whose real name is Andy Anokye, was convicted of 30 charges, including 21 rapes and five counts of false imprisonment.
During the trial, graphic video clips – filmed by Anokye on his mobile phone – were played to the jury. In the footage, Anokye is seen interrogating the women about previous sexual partners, slapping them, insulting them, and raping them.
One clip showed a woman crying and saying “I hate you”, with the musician laughing and making a thumbs-up sign to the camera.
Jurors heard how he derived sexual pleasure from torturing the women by water-boarding, interrogating, assaulting, and raping them.
He forced one woman to lie in a bath of freezing cold water, held a shotgun to the head of another woman, and made one sit with a bottle of water tied to her finger with a shoelace. Anokye claimed his violent acts — waterboarding, interrogating, assaulting, and raping his victims — were part of consensual role play. But a jury at Bristol Crown Court in southwest England convicted him in March of all but one charge against him. Sentencing him on Thursday, judge William Hart said Anokye had “no empathy” for the women he abused.
Detective Superintendent Lisa Simpson of Avon and Somerset Police said Anokye’s offenses were “some of the most violent sexual behavior” the force had seen.“We cannot begin to understand what each individual victim has gone through,” she said.
The judge said none of the other members of Boy Better Know “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.” AP