A ‘MONSTER’ believed to be the world’s most prolific rapist was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for drugging and abusing young clubbers.
Reynhard Sinaga will serve a minimum of 30 years after violating about 195 unconscious men at his Manchester home between 2015 and 2017.
The gay, church-going student targeted lone, drunk victims outside nightclubs in the early hours, posing as a Good Samaritan and offering them a place to stay. But when the mostly heterosexual men got to his city centre flat, he knocked them out by giving them drinks spiked with date rape drug GHB.
Most of the victims woke up with little or no memory of what happened in the flat, after being attacked on his bedroom floor. The abuse, filmed by Sinaga, 36, only came to light when a teenager he enticed there woke up and fought him off before calling police.
Reporting of Sinaga’s crimes — dealt with at four trials over 18 months — was prevented by legal restrictions now lifted after his Manchester crown court sentencing. He had been given life with a 20-year minimum after the first two trials. In all, he was convicted of 159 offences, including 136 rapes and 13 sexual assaults, against 48 men.
But police who studied his phone footage estimate there were 195 victims — 70 of whom they are yet to identify.
Ian Rushton, of the Crown Prosecution Service, told the BBC: ‘As far as the judicial process goes, he’s probably the most prolific rapist that’s come through the courts. I would say in the world, certainly in the British courts.’
Indonesian Sinaga moved to Britain in 2007 and it is feared the total number of victims could be even higher.
Many of the men he was convicted of raping still had no idea they had been attacked when police tracked them down. Sinaga kept trophies including phones and wallets that helped officers find some of the victims.
None wanted to know the details of what happened and some have chosen not to tell their families. At least two have since attempted suicide.
One said the rapist — who had four degrees and was studying for a doctorate — seemed ‘really nice’ and ‘looked after’ him when he lost his friends and his phone battery died.
Another said: ‘I thought briefly he might have done something but I thought stuff like that doesn’t happen.’
The teenager who fought Sinaga off was arrested when police arrived to find the student injured. But suspicion was aroused when the apparent ‘victim’ frantically demanded that officers bring his phone to his hospital bedside. The device was checked and a video of him raping the teenager was found.
Sinaga claimed the men he filmed had played dead for sex games but the defence was labelled ‘preposterous’.
He denied keeping screen shots of victims’ social media profiles as a ‘Top Trumps’ tally, saying he did it ‘in case in future we could be friends’.
Judge Suzanne Goddard QC told him he was ‘an evil sexual predator’.
‘One of your victims described you as a monster. The scale and enormity of your offending confirms this as an accurate description,’ she added.
Home secretary Priti Patel called for an urgent review into whether the law regarding illegal GHB is tough enough.