- A student convicted of 159 sexual offences is likely the most prolific rapist ever brought to justice, British prosecutors have said.
- On Monday, Judge Suzanne Goddard allowed British media to name Reynhard Sinaga after he was given a life sentence at Manchester Crown Court.
- The judgment was the last of four trials in which Sinaga was convicted of 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape, 14 counts of sexual assault, and one count of assault by penetration.
- Sinaga would pick up men in central Manchester, drug them at his one-bed flat, and film himself assaulting them, prosecutors said. He was first arrested in June 2017.
- Deputy chief crown prosecutor Ian Rushton that Sinaga is “the most prolific rapist in British legal history” and possibly “in the world,” according to the BBC.
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An Indonesian national convicted of 159 sexual offences may be the most prolific rapist in the world, British prosecutors said, after he was named for the first time on Monday.
Reynhard Sinaga, 36, was first arrested in June 2017, and has since been found guilty of 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape, and 14 counts of sexual assault.
Judge Suzanne Goddard QC at Manchester Crown Court allowed Sinaga to be named for the first time after handing the postgraduate student a life sentence in jail.
Sinaga lured men from nightclubs in Manchester to his one-bedroom flat. He would drug them and film the assaults, the BBC said, later boasting about them on WhatsApp groups.
Greater Manchester Police combed through 3.29 terabytes of information on hard drives, computers, and mobile phones that belonged to Sinaga, the Manchester Evening News (MEN) reported.
Sinaga had at least 48 victims, all of whom were men, some of whom were assaulted repeatedly. He targeted at least 190 men in total.
Ian Rushton, the deputy chief crown prosecutor for the North West of England, said Sinaga is “the most prolific rapist in British legal history” and possibly “in the world,” according to a BBC report.
Sinaga has been involved in four separate trials at Manchester Crown Court since his arrest in June 2017.
Rushton said that Sinaga’s victims were lured in by his affable and friendly manner, according to numerous reports.
“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,” he said.
“And on occasions he’s repeatedly violated them through the night, recording everything on his phone for his own gratification.”
As part of his defence, Sinaga said the men had agreed to pretend to be asleep as part of his sexual fantasies, MEN said.
Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said it would “never be safe” to release 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,” Goddard said, according to Sky News.
The Guardian reported that Sinaga first came to the UK in 2007 on a student visa. He was 24 at the time.
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