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Bristol rapper jailed for raping and torturing four women

Andy Anokye filmed himself as he raped and tortured his victims. (Credit: Avon and Somerset Police)

A Bristol man who filmed himself as he raped and tortured four women has been jailed for 24 years.

Rapper Solo 45, who's real name in Andy Anokye, was found guilty in March of 30 serious sexual offences including 21 counts of rape after a four month trial.

After his sentencing today (30/07) at Bristol Crown Court he will have to serve at least 16 years behind bars and once he is out he will remain on licence for a further five years.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rice said: “Today’s sentence brings a conclusion to a police investigation spanning several years.

“It has been a complicated and difficult case, involving four victims, and multiple rapes and sexual offences committed across the UK.

"There was also a fifth victim who was raped overseas, and despite that offence being outside of the jurisdiction of UK courts, she gave crucial evidence at the trial here in Bristol."

Detective Chief Inspector Rice went on to call the investigation one of the largest "and most complicated" that Avon and Somerset Police has ever carried out.

That's because of the reportedly vast amount of digital material from phones and computers.

“Despite the complexity and scale, a team of detectives, police staff and digital experts worked tirelessly and methodically through the enormous volume of material, and together with the CPS and our barristers we presented strong evidence to the court," he said.

“From the start of this inquiry, our focus has always been on the victims and I want to recognise the resilience and strength they have displayed throughout."

“It will never be possible to properly acknowledge the bravery they showed as they gave evidence of being raped in this case.

"Some of them have been involved in this inquiry for over three years and I understand how incredibly difficult it must have been for them to maintain their focus on justice – I hope that the sentence today brings some closure to the five of them."

The police have called on victims of any sexual offences to report them, saying they will always respect the privacy and wishes of victims. 

Jill Macnamara, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West, said: “Andy Anokye took pleasure in inflicting pain and suffering upon his victims.

"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.

“I would like to thank all of the women who came forward to tell of their traumatic experiences with this man."

You can listen to statements from the victims, which have been voiced by actors, in the audio clips below:

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