Singer is accused of raping four women and holding 21 against their will

Grime artist Andy Anokye, who performs as Solo 45, has been convicted of r3ping four women and holding them against their will, following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Anokye, 33, was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of 30 charges relating to a two-year period.

He was unanimously convicted of 21 r3pes, five counts of false imprisonment, two counts of assault by penetration and two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The musician, who was part of the grime collective Boy Better Know, did not react as the jury of seven women and five men returned the verdicts following 10 hours and 55 minutes of deliberations.

Judge William Hart adjourned sentencing for a date to be fixed and ordered a psychiatric report to be carried out on the defendant.

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Judge William Hart adjourned sentencing for a date to be fixed and ordered a psychiatric report to be carried out on the defendant.

He told the jury: “It is almost four months since we first met here to try this lengthy indictment.

“You have had to listen to and indeed watch some extremely graphic evidence and make very important decisions in the lives of all those concerned.

“I am very grateful to you. It is finally over.

“I will sentence Mr Anokye on a date that is convenient to counsel.”

Judge Hart excused the panel from jury service in the future and paid tribute to how they had listened to “quite disturbing” evidence during the trial.

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Anokye previously told jurors that his sex with women was “vigorous and rough” and left them with injuries on occasion.

He said he would “humiliate women, degrade them and call them names”.

He added: “I don’t think women I get myself involved with would look at me and think ‘he’s going to make slow, sensual, candlelit love to me’.

“They were all aware of what kind of s.e.x I was into.

“I would explain to them that it would involve terrorising them.

“We would do a lot of things where I pushed boundaries. I would humiliate them, degrade them, call them names.”

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The court heard the rapper had searched online for dacryphilia, which is sexual arousal from tears.

“It was that raw emotion I found worked for me,” he said.

He also enjoyed playing a game he called “Catch me, R.a.p.e me”, the court heard.

He insisted he would always stop or “tone it down” if women told him or indicated to him that they did not want to have s.e.x.

Anokye said he would “occasionally” film sexual activity with women and keep it on his digital devices.

However, prosecutors said some of the videos, which were shown to the jury, showed non-consensual s.e.x.

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