UK Police are braced for dozens of fresh victims to come forward after an Indonesian student was unmasked as Britain’s most prolific rapist, responsible for attacks on at least 195 men in Manchester.
Reynhard Sinaga, 36, preyed on young straight men in bars and clubs close to his city centre apartment, spiking their drinks with the party drug GHB before attacking them while they slept and filming the rapes on his mobile phone.
Following four trials – which could only be reported for the first time on Monday– Sinaga was convicted of 159 sex attacks, including 136 rapes on 48 victims. But it is feared the number of victims could run into hundreds, as the vast majority of men he targeted were unaware they had been attacked.
When contacted by police, none of the victims wanted to know the details of what happened to them and two went on to attempt suicide.
Sinaga, who moved to Britain in 2007, operated out of his Manchester flat, which was just yards from many of the city’s popular nightclubs and bars.
Leaving the apartment late at night, he would prey on those who looked drunk or vulnerable. After striking up conversation, he would lure them back to his flat with offers of drinks or the opportunity to charge their phones. Sinaga would then spike their drinks with the class-C party drug GHB. He would rape or sexually assault them, often numerous times, filming the attacks on his phone.
Reynhard Sinaga has been jailed for life
His youngest victim was 17 and the oldest 36. The true scale of Sinaga’s offending may never be known. Police have established that at least 195 men were attacked and filmed, but more than 70 are yet to be identified.
All but three of the 48 men who could be identified were heterosexual. For two and a half years, barely a week went by when he did not carry out an attack, sometimes raping two different victims in the same weekend.
He was eventually caught in June 2017 when his final victim regained consciousness during the rape and managed to fight Sinaga off before reporting him to the police.
When officers examined Sinaga’s mobile phone and other digital devices they found a hoard of horrendous footage showing him raping his victims.
He often took “trophies” from those he attacked, stealing mobile phones, watches and other keepsakes. Detectives traced many victims because Sinaga looked them up on social media after the assaults, sometimes boasting to friends about the liaisons.
Sinaga only gave evidence in two of the four trials and claimed all of the sex had been consensual, despite the fact some of his victims could be heard snoring in the footage.
Sentencing him to life in prison with a minimum of 30-years, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC told Sinaga: “You are an evil serial sexual predator who has preyed upon young men who came into the city centre wanting nothing more than a good night-out with their friends.
“One of your victims described you as a monster. The scale and enormity of your offending confirms this as an accurate description.”
The judge continued: “Rarely, if ever, have the courts seen such a campaign of rape as this, covering so many victims over a prolonged period.”
For two and a half years, barely a week went by when Sinaga did not carry out a fresh attack, sometimes raping two different victims in the same weekend.
Such was the success of his technique, that he once picked up a victim just 60 seconds after leaving his apartment.
Police believe there could be scores more victims who have not yet been identified and are now appealing for any young men who believe they were targeted by Sinaga to come forward in complete confidence.
Sinaga was born in Jambi in Indonesia in 1983 into a wealthy middle class and devoutly Catholic family.
His father was a banker who later moved into the palm oil business.
Sinaga came to the UK on a student visa in 2007, enrolling on an MA in sociology at the University of Manchester.
In 2012 he began a PhD in human geography at Leeds University, but remained living in Manchester.
The rape investigation is the largest in British legal history and it is the first time prosecutors have split charges across four separate trials.
Jurors were forced to watch extremely graphic videos showing the attacks, and it was thought the impact of being faced with the full scale of his offending would be too much for one jury to cope with.
Victims told how Sinaga’s attacks had ruined their lives in harrowing testimony read to the court.
One man said he already would have taken his own life had it not been for the support of his mother.
Another told of his guilt at having shown Sinaga a picture of his unborn child. Others revealed they had kept their ordeal secret from their friends and family.
Another victim said: “I genuinely thought he had helped me. How wrong could I be? The day I gave evidence was the hardest day of my life.
“I have a message to you, Sinaga. I am not going to let your ruin my life. I am going to fulfil my career plans and live a happy, content life.”
During the hearing, Sinaga showed little reaction to the victims’ distressing testimony, occasionally fiddling with his shoulder-length hair and yawning.
As he was sentenced, Sinaga showed no emotion as he stood with his hands clasped together in the glass-encased dock. He then turned around and was led away down the stairs.
Asst Chief Constable Mabs Hussain, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Reynhard Sinaga is a depraved individual, who targeted potentially vulnerable men that he had spotted walking on their own after a night out.
“To the rest of the world he came across as an engaged member of society who was studying for a PHD qualification and had a small circle of law-abiding friends that he would socialise with.
“However beneath that façade was a serial sex offender, who we now believe to be Britain’s most prolific rapist. The fact that he was able to cover-up his true nature for so long, just serves as further evidence of his calculating criminal nature.”
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.”