A grime artist imprisoned and repeatedly raped four young women, a jury has been told. Andy Anokye, 32, who performs under the stage name Solo 45, denies 31 charges against him at Bristol Crown Court.
The charges, relating to four complainants, include 22 counts of rape and five counts of false imprisonment. Anokye also denies two charges of assault by penetration and two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Judge William Hart has told jurors that Anokye was a member of the grime collective Boy Better Know. Prosecuting, Christopher Quinlan QC said the musician had abused four women over a two-year period. He said: ‘The prosecution say that he imprisoned, assaulted, s*xually violated and raped four women. He filmed, using his mobile phone, a great deal of what he did.
‘You will hear from each of them during the course of this trial. Each suffered in similar ways at different times at the defendant’s hands.’ Mr Quinlan said one of the women reported the abuse to friends and then to police.
Anokye was arrested and his mobile phone and laptop were seized by officers, who contacted three other women. Mr Quinlan said: ‘What they disclosed to police is reflected by the 31 charges. We allege that these charges reflect his conduct and his treatment of these four young women. ‘He physically assaulted and falsely imprisoned them, held them against their will and he raped each of them repeatedly.
‘He is a violent and controlling narcissist and a bully. He is a sadist who derives satisfaction and s*xual pleasure from inflicting pain and suffering on his victims.’ Mr Quinlan said Anokye will claim that any s*xual activity between him and the women was consensual.
The jury heard Anokye is a grime artist, with Mr Quinlan describing the genre as ‘dance music influenced by garage music’. He told the jury: ‘Artists of that genre include Skepta and Stormzy. Neither has anything to do with this case but you may hear reference to either or both of them during the evidence.
Mr Quinlan said Anokye became known to each of the complainants through their ‘knowledge and taste’ for grime music. His music, the lifestyle and perceived glamour associated with it may have attracted them to him, the court heard. The jury of five men and seven women have been told they will view some of the recordings made by Anokye. Mr Quinlan said: ‘You may find it both unpleasant and upsetting.
It is important evidence. We promise you that to show it is not gratuitous but necessary.’ Mr Quinlan alleged that Anokye was ‘turned on’ by his power over his victims and their fear of him. He said the musician waterboarded one woman, leaving her ‘petrified’ and claimed he had ‘hacked’ her phone. Anokye told the woman to put her hand in a sink full of water, then brought over a toaster that he plugged into a socket.
Mr Quinlan said: ‘The effect, if carried out, was to electrocute her. She was pulling away and crying. His reaction? It turned him on.’ Police examining Anokye’s devices after his arrest discovered searches for ‘dacryphilia’ – s*xual arousal from another’s fear. On one occasion, it is alleged he drove a woman to a secluded area and ordered her to remove anything that could identify her.
Anokye is said to have told the woman that she would be shot, with the incident ending when she had a panic attack. Mr Quinlan said: ‘He poured bleach in her mouth, he threatened to brand her with a hot iron.
He made her call him by the name of another grime performer, Skepta.’ Anokye, of Millennium Promenade, Bristol, denies all the charges against him and the trial continues.