Reynhard Sinaga, Britain’s most prolific rapist is jailed for 30 years

Britain’s most prolific serial rapist was today jailed for life after drugging at least 48 men and filming himself sexually violating them while they were unconscious in his city centre flat.

Police have linked gay Christian student Reynhard Sinaga to more than 190 potential victims in total – 70 of whom they have not yet been able to identify.

The 36-year-old went out in the early hours of the morning, hunting for lone, drunk young men around nightclubs near his flat in Manchester.

The slightly-built Indonesian student posed as a Good Samaritan who offered them a floor to sleep on or promised them more drink, Manchester Crown Court heard.

His victims – who were mainly heterosexual – had little or no memory of the hours that followed as Sinaga filmed the assaults on his mobile phone, and they later left the apartment unaware they had been violated.

The rapist was caught when one of the men regained consciousness and fought him off before he went to the police and crucially handed in Sinaga’s phone.

06.01.2020 Sinaga was jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 30 years in custody before he can be considered for parole.

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC told the court his total number of potential victims was 195.

Details of the case – the UK’s largest ever rape prosecution – can be made public after reporting restrictions were lifted following the end of four trials.

Sinaga claimed the men consented to being recorded playing a sex game in which they pretended to be dead to fulfil his fantasies – a defence labelled ‘preposterous’ by prosecutor Iain Simkin as jurors saw footage of some victims snoring.

He was found guilty of a total of 159 offences committed between January 2015 and May 2017 – 136 counts of rape, 13 counts of sexual assault, eight counts of attempted rape and two counts of assault by penetration.

Many of the complainants had earlier been to the city centre nightclubs Factory and Fifth Avenue.
‘Cunning rapist’ worked on thesis about gay and bisexual men in Manchester

Churchgoer Reynhard Sinaga lived in Manchester city centre for more than a decade while studying various university courses.

A gay man who looks younger than his age of 36, he chose to live close to the gay village and the Canal Street area where attitudes to homosexuality were very different than in his home nation of Indonesia.

Sinaga is said to have had a small, close-knit group of friends who believed him to be friendly and good-natured.

Born in the Jambi province of Indonesia into a relatively wealthy family, Sinaga arrived in the UK on a student visa in 2007 financed by his parents and remained in the country on those terms for the next 10 years.

Sinaga graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with an MSc degree in Planning and again in 2011 with an MA degree in Sociology.

No concerns of a sexual nature, or of any other matters, were ever raised with the university, confirmed officials.

From 2012 he commuted monthly to the University of Leeds as part of his studies for a PhD.

Sinaga attended regular supervision meetings to help with his thesis entitled ‘Sexuality and everyday transnationalism. South Asian gay and bisexual men in Manchester’.

The university said he did not appear to spend much time in the city, other than for the monthly supervision sessions, and did not take an active part in research groups or societies.

In June 2017 he was suspended immediately after his arrest and his student status was officially rescinded following conviction.

Greater Manchester Police said there is no indication that his research was used as a basis for his crimes.

During a previous sentencing hearing the court received references from Sinaga’s mother and sister but Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said both knew nothing of ‘the cold, cunning and calculated rapist’.

A character testament was also received from St Chrysostom’s Church, in Victoria Park, Manchester – an Anglican church of the Catholic tradition – where Sinaga had attended.

The judge said: ‘It is almost beyond belief that someone who could profess some Christian faith could at the same time have been committing such wicked and evil crimes.’

Sinaga’s apartment, situated next to Factory in Princess Street, provided a perfect vantage point from which to identify his targets.

It is thought he laced alcoholic drinks with a drug such as GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy.

Overdoses of the odourless, colourless substance can kill, the court heard, but it was a risk that Sinaga was prepared to take with complete strangers to satisfy his perverted desires.

Sinaga kept ‘trophies’ of his crimes, such as watches and wallets.

He also downloaded social media pages from some of some of his victims, gleaned from personal identification they were carrying, and took still photographs of many of them while they were naked or semi-naked.

The court heard that none of the victims – many in their late teens or early 20s – wanted to know details of what had happened to them when traced by police and some have chosen not to tell their family or close friends of the trauma.

Sinaga tested negative for HIV after he was arrested.

Jurors had to watch the mobile phone footage as Sinaga persisted with his defence and all were later uniquely offered counselling.

Last June, Sinaga was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years for the convictions from his first two trials.

Reporting restrictions were put in place to avoid prejudice to subsequent trials and to avoid the possibility of potential victims and witnesses being deterred from giving evidence or coming forward.

Ian Rushton, North West Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: ‘Reynhard Sinaga is the most prolific rapist in British legal history.

‘His extreme sense of sexual entitlement almost defies belief and he would no doubt still be adding to his staggering tally had he not been caught.

‘Sinaga’s unthreatening demeanour duped these young men – many of whom thanked him for his kindness in offering them a place to stay – into thinking this monster was a Good Samaritan.

‘But once back at his flat he used victims as objects purely for his own gratification – then appears to have derived further twisted pleasure from re-watching his films in court and putting victims through the trauma of giving evidence.’

Specialist police officers and victim support services are on standby to hear from anyone who believes Sinaga may have approached them on a night out.

Greater Manchester Police established there may be at least 190 potential victims of Sinaga, but of that figure they were unable to identify 70 of those individuals.

And it is suspected the serial rapist may have committed offences elsewhere in the city as images from some video clips recovered from his phone did not match the Manchester city centre address where he lived when he was arrested.
Sinaga acted as Good Samaritan before attacking victims

Manipulative serial rapist Reynhard Sinaga convinced many of his victims he had done them a favour by offering them a floor to sleep on for the night.

From the vantage point of his Manchester city centre apartment, he targeted lone young men who were worse for wear from alcohol after being separated from friends or on their way home.

None of his victims suspected the malevolent intentions of the 36-year-old mature student as he approached them in the street.

And none of his victims felt intimidated by Sinaga – slight in stature and friendly by appearance.

One said Sinaga was ‘really nice’ and ‘looked after him’ after he lost his friends and his phone battery had ran out.

Another thought the defendant had acted as a Good Samaritan after Sinaga said he looked after him when he found him lying on the ground near a hotel.

Manchester Crown Court heard one complainant was sitting on the kerbside after the battery on his mobile phone was drained and he was approached by Sinaga. The defendant invited him to his apartment to charge the device but instead went on to drug and sexually violate him on camera.

He too believed Sinaga had acted as a Good Samaritan and was grateful before he eventually learned the full horror of what had happened to him when the police called.

A third man fell victim to Sinaga’s phone charge ruse as he attempted to flag down a taxi when he was unable to order an Uber journey.

Several of his victims felt guilty when they awoke the next day for troubling a stranger who they thought had provided them with somewhere to stay or for being sick in his flat.

Others felt they had undergone a ‘weird experience’ but none had any real concerns or suspicions, with one complainant telling the court: ‘I thought briefly he might have done something, but I thought stuff like that doesn’t happen.’

None of the victims, of whom 45 were heterosexual and 26 were students, when contacted by the police wanted to know the detail of what happened to them.

Two attempted to commit suicide as a result of severe depression.

Assistant Chief Constable Mabs Hussain said: ‘My first appeal would be to anybody who may think they have had contact with Reynhard Sinaga, the circumstances as reported have brought back some memories and they suspect they have been on a night out and met somebody like Reynhard Sinaga to contact the police.

‘We have specialist officers waiting, we have a helpline where the numbers are available and we are working with specialist victim support services including St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Survivors Manchester and Victims’ Services.

‘At the forefront of this investigation and our primary objective throughout has been to provide the support to the victims and I would encourage them to come forward. We have the specialist services to provide that support.’

He went on: ‘We believe Reynhard Sinaga is the UK’s most prolific rapist and the reason I say that is because on the information and evidence we suspect there are in total 190 victims approximately who have been involved.

‘We can’t give you a definitive figure for obvious reasons. Forty-eight of them have supported a criminal prosecution.

‘Of that 190 there are approximately 70 that we are still yet to identify and the reason we have still yet to identify them is despite our best efforts, and the investigation team working tirelessly to piece together the information, we have been unable to identify who each individual is to speak to them. There is still some work for us to do.’

He said officers had undertaken a ‘very very difficult’ investigation with almost three terabytes of data pored over – the equivalent of watching 1,500 DVD films.

Mr Hussain explained: ‘One of my officers described it as like putting together a jigsaw without the picture because it was not apparent which parts were from which offence.

‘Each visit to each of these victims has had to be carefully and meticulously planned, and their welfare and wellbeing was at the forefront of our mind in dealing with the victims.’

He said Sinaga was a ‘depraved sexual predator’ who had taken advantage of trusting young men, but he added: ‘I think we need to concentrate less on Reynhard Sinaga as an individual and focus much more on each individual victim who has either supported the prosecution or provided evidence and information.

‘I cannot begin to imagine what they have had to endure, what they have had to go through and what they are still living with today.’
Rapist claimed victims enjoyed sex game of pretending to be dead

Reynhard Sinaga told jurors he had sex with strangers on the floor of his flat because he did not want to ‘make a mess of my bed’.

He claimed the complainants approached him in the street in central Manchester shortly before they went to his nearby apartment, where they agreed to indulge his fantasy of sexual activity while they pretended to be dead.

Furthermore, the men also gave their consent to him filming the intercourse on his mobile phone, he said.

It was a defence labelled in court as ‘ludicrous’ and was soundly rejected by each of four separate juries which unanimously convicted Sinaga of all the sexual allegations he faced.

Prosecutor Iain Simkin picked apart Sinaga’s version of events when the 36-year-old Indonesian student chose to enter the witness box last month at his fourth trial involving 13 complainants.

When Mr Simkin asked him if he understood the prosecution case – that he was a serial rapist who incapacitated his victims – Sinaga repeatedly replied: ‘I disagree but I understand.’

Sinaga said each of the men had enjoyed the sexual encounters and, although they presented as straight, he thought they were bisexual at the very least.

Mr Simkin pointed out that there was no conversation with the complainants during the videos that Sinaga filmed and there was no kissing.

He said: ‘So, for all of these 13 men they all say ‘Yes, I will lie on the floor, not on the bed’. Why not on the bed?’

Sinaga said: ‘Because we were sitting on the floor and I also didn’t want to make a mess of my bed.’

Mr Simkin said: ‘Why not just say ‘Let’s just get on the bed’?’

Sinaga said: ‘My bed is squeaky.’

Mr Simkin said: You have just made that up. My questions are too difficult to answer. Your account is an absurdity, isn’t it?’

‘I disagree,’ replied Sinaga.

Mr Simkin said: ‘Your case must be that someone who has never met you before allows you, within 15 or 20 minutes, to record yourself penetrating them?’

‘Yes,’ said the defendant.

Mr Simkin went on: ‘They have no idea who you are but they allow you to keep the most intimate and, in my submission, the most grotesque photographs for yourself?’

Sinaga said: ‘I keep them for myself. There is no evidence that I uploaded them on to the internet.’

The barrister retorted: ‘So what?’

Sinaga said: ‘It’s a sexual fantasy. Just because it looks weird and Fifty Shades Of Grey or anything like that, strange sexual fantasy happens underground … it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.’

Sinaga claimed that other sexual activity took place with the complainants which was not filmed, such as him performing oral sex or them penetrating him.

Asked why he kept screenshots of some of the complainants’ social media profiles, he said: ‘Just in case in future we could be friends.’

Mr Simkin said: ‘Not you keeping a record of people you had raped, a ‘Top Trumps’ of people you had raped?’

‘No,’ said Sinaga.

The defendant suggested that each complainant individually lied to the police when they were contacted years later to preserve their heterosexual identity.

Mr Simkin said: ‘They could easily have said to protect themselves ‘I don’t want to say anything’. Either not co-operate with the police or say ‘I did have sex with him but please don’t do anything about it’?’

Sinaga said: ‘They could have probably many other reasons not to. For example, if wanting to protect their relationship.

‘It is not an easy thing for some people to come out as gay. That has probably influenced the way they want to answer it.

‘They were probably scared that ‘What if my girlfriend finds out I was lying and that night I was with a man?’.’

Mr Simkin said: ‘They have not got a reason to lie because they are not lying. They have been been incapacitated and raped by you.’

Sinaga said: ‘No, they are embarrassed.’

Mr Simkin told Manchester Crown Court that some of the men were snoring during the filming.

He put it to Sinaga: ‘You can’t really pretend to snore, it’s like a child pretending. That’s not what your hear on the videos. They are unconscious, aren’t they?’

‘No, I disagree,’ replied Sinaga.

Sinaga was asked by the barrister to pretend to snore himself and did so for a few seconds.

Mr Simkin pointed out that one of the complainants snored for 13 minutes.

He said: ‘It is impossible, I suggest, to pretend to emulate that level of unconsciousness. He simply is unconscious.’

Sinaga replied: ‘No.’

Read more at ExpressInformer.com

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