“Evil monster” student gets life for raping dozens of men

Reynhard Sinaga

Convicted serial rapist Reynhard Sinaga

Reynhard Sinaga, described as “Britain’s most prolific rapist”, has been sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison on 136 rape charges.

It is believed that the then-student raped or sexually abused at least 195 men over two and a half years in Manchester. Sinaga lured his victims to his flat, drugged them – probably with GHB – and raped them after they passed out, filming his crimes on his cellphones, reported The Guardian.

Sinaga’s identity was only allowed to be made public this week after the sentencing. Judge Suzanne Goddard called him a “dangerous, deeply disturbed and perverted individual with no sense of reality.”

She added that he was a “cunning and deceitful individual who will never be safe to be released…” The judge told Sinaga: “You are an evil serial sexual offender who preyed on young men who came into the city centre wanting nothing more than a good night with their friends.”

Sinaga was previously found guilty in two other trials in 2018 and 2019 relating to 25 of his victims and is already serving 88 concurrent life sentences.

In addition to the rape charges, he was also found guilty of eight counts of attempted rape, 14 counts of sexual assault, and one count of assault by penetration.

Most of his 48 confirmed victims were inebriated heterosexual revellers on a night out in central Manchester who needed help; such as money for a taxi, or power for their flat cellphone batteries. Sinaga offered them a drink and support at his apartment.

In a text message to a friend, Sinaga said of one of his victims: “He was straight in 2014. 2015 is his breakthrough to the gay world hahaha.”

Some were not even aware that they had been raped until they were approached by the police who had hundreds of hours of footage from Sinaga’s phones. Police have yet to identify 70 of his victims.

One described Sinaga as a “monster” and it’s believed that two victims tried to commit suicide as a result of the trauma. Deputy chief crown prosecutor Ian Rushton said that Sinaga is “the most prolific rapist in British legal history” and possibly “in the world.”

Rushton told the court how Sinaga found and abused his victims: “He offered them a drink, or a place to charge a mobile phone up in his nearby flat. Within minutes of them entering his premises, they’d been drugged, absolutely overpowered by the drug that he administered.”

Sinaga, who is from a reportedly wealthy Roman Catholic family in Indonesia, came to the UK in 2007 at the age of 24 on a study visa. He was expelled from Leeds University in 2018 after his first trial.

Sinaga was only caught after one of his victims, an 18-year-old boy, woke up while being abused. He managed to escape and report the attack to the police.

In his defence, Sinaga claimed that the men had consented to the sex and pretended to be asleep in the videos as part of “a role-play fantasy”.

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