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The ‘most prolific rapist in British legal history’ jailed for life for 159 sexual offences

9:11, 8/1/2020

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Reynhard Sinaga, 36, was found guilty on Monday 6th January of 159 sex offences (including 136 rape charges). He was told by the judge that he will “never be safe to be released”.

 

 

Sinaga was an overseas geography student, living in Manchester, but studying at Leeds University, where he began his PhD in 2012 in human geography. His thesis was entitled “Sexuality and everyday transnationalism among South Asian gay and bisexual men in Manchester”. However, it ultimately failed, and he was given time to correct his work.

He was also a regular church-goer at St Chrysostom’s church and was described by a close friend as “a sweet, happy guy, always smiling and laughing”.[i] Behind this façade, however, lay a cold, calculating rapist who engaged in the luring and sexual assault of at least 195 victims[ii].

In Manchester Crown Court, it was detailed how Sinaga would leave his flat in the early hours of the morning with the intention of finding drunk men, who were alone, coming out of the nightclubs near him. He would come across as a friend, offering his victims a bed for the night or a place to continue drinking. Once he had ensnared them, he would give them alcoholic drinks laced with the drug GHB which he described to a friend as his “secret poison”[iii].

 

What is GHB?

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, commonly known “G”, is a date rape drug, that is also used recreationally and consensually by heterosexuals as a party drug – and by homosexual men as a way to enhance sex. It is an odourless and colourless liquid, which can therefore be slipped into drinks without a victim suspecting anything. This is the reason it has come to be known as the “rapist’s weapon of choice”[iv]

Large quantities of the drug can result in an individual being incoherent or losing consciousness. It can also cause loss of memory and thus is the reason that, despite his serial offending, not one victim came forward to the police about Sinaga’s crimes; they simply did not remember them ever occurring.

The strength of the drug used was such that they were left embarrassed for imposing themselves on Sinaga and some even apologised, all without realising the immorality of their host.[v]

 

How Sinaga was caught

Sinaga’s offending continued for a number of years (officers from Greater Manchester Police believe that he may have been committing his crimes for 10 years) and ultimately, it was his own arrogance that led to his downfall. As he grew more confident in his actions, he had begun keeping souvenirs from his many victims; watches, driving licenses and mobile phones.

He also bragged about his activities to his friends, describing one victim as “straight in 2014” and stating that “2015 is his breakthrough to the gay world”. This was following a rape he had carried out in the early hours of New Years’ Day in 2015.[vi] Sinaga would send photos of the unconscious victims in Whatsapp groups with his friends, playing them off as one-night stands despite the sinister true nature of what was happening.

In June 2017, Sinaga went on his usual pursuit and encountered an 18-year-old sat outside the club Factory at around 12:30am. He performed his usual “good Samaritan” act and proposed that they could go back to his flat and call his friends, who he had lost earlier in the night. They went back to the flat and the 18-year-old explained to police that he had no recollection of events following this, until he woke up to find Sinaga sexually assaulting him.

Iain Simpkin, prosecuting, stated: “As [the victim] awoke he was laying face down with his jeans and boxer shorts around his knees with the naked defendant in the act of sexually attacking him.

The complainant pushed Sinaga off him and once the defendant realised he was conscious he started to scream words like, ‘intruder’ and ‘help’. What followed next was a fight with the defendant repeatedly biting the complainant and complainant striking the defendant several times. Ultimately, the complainant managed to escape from the flat and once outside contacted the Police.”[vii]

The rugby playing teenager beat Sinaga so badly that he suffered a bleed on the brain. Initially, it was the 18-year old victim who was arrested for assault but crucially, he handed in Sinaga’s phone to the authorities. On his phone and multiple other electronic devices, Police found 3.29 terabytes of graphic material – the equivalent of 250 DVDs – depicting him carrying out his sexual assaults which he had filmed for his own sickening pleasure.[viii]

Whenever it appeared his victims began stirring, the videos showed him pushing them back to the floor to continue his assault. The level of depravity was such that the jurors who watched some of the footage were later offered counselling.

Ian Rushton, northwest deputy chief crown prosecutor, noted that Sinaga appeared to have “derived further twisted pleasure from re-watching his films in court and putting victims through the trauma of giving evidence”.[ix] He defended his actions by claiming that the men consented to playing a sex game in which they pretended to be dead.

Prosecutor Iain Simkin labelled this defence as “preposterous” as some of the footage showed victims snoring and vomiting unconsciously as they were raped.[x]  The court was told that none of the victims wanted to know details of what they had been through when contacted by police and some had refrained from informing any of their family or friends of the harrowing ordeal.[xi]

The police are still attempting to identify the many victims however, due to the nature of the attacks and methods Sinaga used, the true wicked extent of his offending may never be known.

Victims of sexual abuse may also be eligible to claim for compensation. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme provides compensation to blameless victims of violent crime, including periods of abuse and sexual assault. For more information on this, including our video guide, please click here.

Greater Manchester Police are continuing their long-running investigation concerning Reynhard Sinaga, known as Operation Island, and have asked for anyone with any information on the attacks to contact them using either their online form here or by calling them on either 0800 092 0410 (UK callers) or 020 071 580124 (International callers).

 

Further Reading – The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a Government organisation with a role in assisting victims of abuse and physical violence in recovering financial losses. Read our guide to the CICA here.

 

WHAT TO DO NEXT

For help escalating your CICA claim or for any advice about sexual assault claims, get in touch today for a free initial consultation. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.

Article by Daryl Smith

[i] Guardian Source

[ii] Independent Source

[iii] Manchester Evening News Source

[iv] BBC Source

[v] Independent News Source 2

[vi] Manchester Evening News Source 2

[vii] Daily Mail Source

[viii] Independent Source 3

[ix] Government Resource

[x] Independent Source 4

[xi] Independent Source 5

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