Reynhard Sinaga, 36, an “evil sexual predator”, has been convicted of 159 sex offences, including 136 rapes, against 48 men and will “never be safe to be released”, said Judge Suzanne Goddard QC.
Sinaga, who was studying for a PHD at the University of Leeds, was found guilty of luring men outside Manchester clubs to his flat in Montana House, Princess Street, where he filmed himself sexually abusing them while they were unconscious.
The court heard how Sinaga, a slight-built Indonesian student, went out in the early hours of the morning, looking for drunk young men, who were alone around nightclubs near his flat, posing as a “Good Samaritan” when offering the men a place to sleep, have more drink or a place to call a taxi.
Once in his flat, he drugged his victims with a form of date rape drug, such as GHB or liquid ecstasy, before assaulting them while they were unconscious. When the victims, woke up many of them had no memory of what had happened and they later left the flat unaware they had been violated.
Sinaga’s unthreatening demeanor duped these young men, many of whom thanked him for his kindness in offering them a place to stay.
Sinaga was caught after one victim regained consciousness and fought him off, before taking his phone to the police. The discovery led to the launch of the largest rape inquiry in British history.
Sinaga’s claim that the men consented to playing a sex game in which they pretended to be dead was labelled “preposterous” by prosecutor Iain Simkin as footage showed some victims snoring.
When the Police examined the attacker’s multiple digital devices, they found 3.29 terabytes of graphic material, which is the equivalent of 250 DVDs depicting sexual assaults.
Jurors who had to watch some of the mobile phone footage were later uniquely offered counselling.
Greater Manchester Police have linked Sinaga, who must serve a minimum of 30 years in jail, to more than 190 potential victims.
The post-graduate student was already serving a life, with a minimum term of 20 years, for the offences he was convicted of in two earlier trials, which took place in summer 2018 and last spring. Sinaga’s convictions relate to crimes he committed from January 2015 to June 2017, but police believe he began offending years earlier.
Greater Manchester Police have been unable to identify 70 victims and are now appealing for anyone who believes they may been abused by Sinaga to come forward.
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