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Grime star Solo 45 convicted of 21 counts of rape involving multiple victims

Grime artist Andy Anokye has been convicted of raping four women and holding them against their will.

Anoyke, who performs as Solo 45, was found guilty of 30 charges on Wednesday following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

He 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.

The charges related to offending carried out over a two-year period.

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

Anokye, a member of grime collective Boy Better Know, had denied 31 charges against him including 22 counts of rape and five counts of false imprisonment.

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He had also denied two charges of assault by penetration and two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He admitted liking "terrorising" women during "vigorous and rough" sex that sometimes left them with injuries, but maintained the sex was always consensual.

Videos played to the jury showed Anokye engaging in sex that prosecutors said was non-consensual.

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Over the course of the trial, the court heard that Anoyke had subjected four women to various forms of physical torture including waterboarding and electrocution.

One accuser claimed Ankye held a gun to her head and said she had been "run over" and "beaten up" by the musician.

Police examining three mobile phones and a laptop found at Anokye's home after his arrest discovered searches for the term "dacryphilia", meaning sexual arousal from another's tears.

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