On Monday, 7 January 2020, ‘the most prolific rapist in British legal history’ was named – and it’s an Indonesian.
After a gruelling 18 month trial at the Manchester Crown Court, reporting restrictions were finally lifted on the Monday, meaning media were allowed to reveal the identity of the perpetrator of the largest rape inquiry Britain has ever seen.
His name is Reynhard Sinaga, a 36 year old (at time of writing) Indonesian national who was studying for his Phd at the University of Leeds and before that was a student at the University of Manchester.
According to the BBC: “the Indonesian national was found guilty of 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape, 14 counts of sexual assault, and one count of assault by penetration, against a total of 48 victims.”
Sinaga’s MO was to go out to clubs where he would wait for men to leave, invite them back to his apartment for drinks, where he would then spike them with a date rape drug.
Following that, he would rape or sexually assault his victims whilst they were unconscious. He would target men in general but took a “particular pleasure in preying on heterosexual men”, as stated by Ian Rushton from The Crown Prosecution Service.
It gets worse. Sinaga would also film his victims during his assault – this would later be Sinaga’s downfall as his hundreds of hours of footage was used as evidence against him during his trial.
Sinaga was caught only when one of his victims woke up whilst being assaulted, where the victim then fought off Sinaga before calling the police. This was in June 2017, and Sinaga was only convicted for crimes committed from January 2015 to this point.
Police believe that he has actually been committing these crimes for a period of 10 years, and the police are yet to identity a further 70 of his victims.