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Grime artist Solo 45 who raped and tortured 4 women has sentence increased by 6 years

Grime artist Solo 45, who repeatedly raped four women after holding them against their will has had his sentence increased by six years by the Court of Appeal.

The musician, whose real name is Andy 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.

Last July the 33-year-old was sentenced by Judge William Hart at Bristol Crown Court to a 29 year extended sentence – comprising of 24 years, of which he must serve at least two-thirds and extended licence of five years.

Today it was increased so he must spend at least 29 years behind bars.

The musician, from Bristol, was part of the grime collective Boy Better Know.

During his 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.

The videos were so intimate and extreme that Judge William Hart cleared the public gallery of the court room when they were shown.

Anokye, who was signed to Island Records, was described as a “violent, controlling narcissist and a bully” by prosecutors during the case.

Jurors heard how he derived sexual pleasure from torturing the women by water-boarding, interrogating, assaulting and raping them.

The musician spoke of dacryphilia – sexual arousal from tears – and enjoyed playing a game he called “Catch me, Rape me”.

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.

Police launched an investigation in 2017 after a woman claimed she had been raped at Anokye’s waterfront apartment in Bristol.

Following his arrest, police examined videos and images on three mobile phones, an external hard drive and a laptop found at the apartment.

They contacted further women and three came forward with complaints of abuse at his hands.

A fifth woman also gave evidence against Anokye during the trial, but jurors heard he could not be charged with alleged offences against her, as they took place abroad.

Prosecutor Christopher Quinlan QC told the court the first victim was made unwell both physically and mentally due to the trauma she suffered at Anokye’s hands.

Another complainant said she had never suffered the level of abuse she suffered at Anokye’s hands.

She said she pitied him for his background and he made her feel special. She said she excused the ‘torture’ he exposed her to because of his past.

She said: “He began to turn into someone else. A monster”.

The judge told Anokye, who appeared by video link from HMP Long Lartin, he had “no sexual boundaries or empathy for those concerned”.

He said Anokye had “become addicted” to the “perverted pleasure” he took from abusing the women in the case.

At the end of the trial, the judge excused the panel from jury service in the future and paid tribute to how they had dealt with the “quite disturbing” evidence.