Police now believe Britain’s most prolific rapist Reynhard Sinaga targeted 206 men amid new evidence

Britain’s most prolific rapist Reynhard Sinaga is believed to have targeted 206 men, 60 of whom remain unidentified, police say.

Sinaga was found guilty in January of carrying out 159 sex attacks on 48 different men after tricking them into taking a date rape drug.   

His minimum jail term was increased from 30 to 40 years by the Court of Appeal. 

Police now believe Sinaga committed sexual offences against 206 men as a result of new evidence emerging since his trial.

Reynhard Sinaga, 37, was locked up for a minimum of 30 years last week after being convicted of carrying out 159 sex attacks on 48 different men after drugging them

Reynhard Sinaga, 37, was locked up for a minimum of 30 years last week after being convicted of carrying out 159 sex attacks on 48 different men after drugging them

Reynhard Sinaga, 37, was locked up for a minimum of 30 years last week after being convicted of carrying out 159 sex attacks on 48 different men after drugging them

The Indonesian student posed as a ‘Good Samaritan’ to men who had become separated from their friends on nights out in central Manchester. 

The slightly-built sex attacker, who described himself in court as an effeminate gay man, would strike up conversation and invite them to his nearby flat.

He lured 48 men to his flat and filmed himself sexually assaulting and raping them while they were unconscious.     

His victims ranged from 18 to 36 but the average age was 21, Manchester Crown Court was told.

Most were students and some were still at school, including the sixth former whose escape from his vile clutches led to Sinaga being arrested.

The news of the 37-year-olds alleged targeting of 206 men comes as Sinaga and notorious rapist Joseph McCann were handed increased jail terms – from 30 to 40 years – by the Court of Appeal. 

McCann, 35, was given 33 life sentences at the Old Bailey last December for a string of horrific sex attacks on 11 women and children during a 15-day cocaine and vodka-fuelled rampage.

Sinaga, who mostly targeted heterosexual students in Manchester, was also sentenced to life in January at Manchester Crown Court for a total of 159 offences, including 136 counts of rape, committed against 48 men.

The Attorney General’s Office referred the 30-year minimum jail terms handed to McCann and Sinaga to the Court of Appeal as ‘unduly lenient’ earlier this year.  

But a panel of five judges today refused to impose whole life terms on McCann and Sinaga, as sought by the Solicitor General Michael Ellis QC at a hearing in October. 

Rapist Joseph McCann

Rapist Joseph McCann

Notorious rapists Joseph McCann (pictured) have had their minimum jail terms increased from 30 to 40 years by the Court of Appeal

Giving the court’s ruling, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said: ‘The offending in the cases of McCann and Sinaga, very serious indeed though it is, does not, in our judgment, call for either to receive a while life tariff.

‘This is not to minimise the seriousness of their offending but instead to ensure that the most severe sentence in our jurisdiction is reserved, save exceptionally, either for the most serious cases involving loss of life, or when a substantive plan to murder of similar seriousness is interrupted close to fulfilment.’

Lord Burnett said that in the collective experience of the senior judges who heard the case, McCann and Sinaga’s crimes are some of the most serious offences of rape to have been tried within England and Wales.

He added: ‘Neither man has shown any remorse and the long-term psychological damage for at least some of the victims in both trials is profound and will only be understood in the years to come.’

The judge said whether either man is in fact ever released from prison will depend on the Parole Board’s assessment of the risk they pose after they have served their minimum jail terms.   

Sinaga, 37, was sentenced to life in January at Manchester Crown Court for a total of 159 offences, including 136 counts of rape, committed against 48 men - although police have linked him to more than 190 potential victims

Sinaga, 37, was sentenced to life in January at Manchester Crown Court for a total of 159 offences, including 136 counts of rape, committed against 48 men - although police have linked him to more than 190 potential victims

Sinaga, 37, was sentenced to life in January at Manchester Crown Court for a total of 159 offences, including 136 counts of rape, committed against 48 men – although police have linked him to more than 190 potential victims

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC, who sentenced him to a minimum of 30 years, described Sinaga as 'an evil serial sexual predator' and a 'monster'

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC, who sentenced him to a minimum of 30 years, described Sinaga as 'an evil serial sexual predator' and a 'monster'

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC, who sentenced him to a minimum of 30 years, described Sinaga as ‘an evil serial sexual predator’ and a ‘monster’ 

In a statement after the ruling, Solicitor General Michael Ellis QC said: ‘Both offenders carried out some of the most heinous and depraved sexual attacks that shocked the nation.

‘I am grateful for the guidance the court gave about whole life orders and I am pleased that the court imposed a longer minimum term.

‘I hope this brings some solace to the victims of these despicable crimes.’ 

Sinaga – the UK’s most prolific serial rapist – preyed on lone, drunk young men around nightclubs near his flat in Manchester, posing as a Good Samaritan who offered them a floor to sleep on or promised them more drink.

The Indonesian student drugged the men then filmed himself sexually violating them while they were unconscious, with many of his victims having little or no memory of the assaults. 

His crimes came to light in June 2017 after his final victim, an 18-year-old rugby player, woke up during the assault and fought off Sinaga.

Sinaga was badly beaten and rushed to hospital, and the police initially arrested the victim on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Bottles of alcohol which were used to spike victims in the home of Reynhard Sinaga in Manchester

Bottles of alcohol which were used to spike victims in the home of Reynhard Sinaga in Manchester

Bottles of alcohol which were used to spike victims in the home of Reynhard Sinaga in Manchester

The bedroom floor, where dozens of rapes took place, in the home of Reynhard Sinaga in Manchester

The bedroom floor, where dozens of rapes took place, in the home of Reynhard Sinaga in Manchester

The bedroom floor, where dozens of rapes took place, in the home of Reynhard Sinaga in Manchester

However, after investigators examined Sinaga’s iPhone they discovered more than 3 terabytes of videos of his assaults and rapes.

Most of his known victims were straight young men, with three exceptions.

Although the earliest case to be tried in courts stems from 2015, police believe Sinaga began the attacks in 2005, two years before he arrived in the UK. 

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC, who sentenced him to a minimum of 30 years, described Sinaga as ‘an evil serial sexual predator’ and a ‘monster’. 

Timeline of Reynhard Sinaga’s sexual assaults

January 2015 to May 2017: The period over which Reynhard Sinaga was said to have committed sex assaults against 48 men in Manchester.

June 1 to July 10, 2018: Sinaga goes on his first trial which sees him convicted of 31 counts of rape, three counts of attempted rape and six counts of sexual assault. 

April 1 to May 7, 2019: Sinaga goes on trial for the second time and is convicted of 49 counts of rape, five counts of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault. He is jailed for 20 years after the first two trials.

September 16 to October 4, 2019:  Sinaga goes on his third trial and is convicted of 26 counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration and five counts of sexual assault.

December 2, 2019 and December 20, 2019: Sinaga goes on his fourth trial and is convicted of 30 counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

January 6, 2020 : Sinaga is jailed for at least 30 years over the third and fourth trials. 

In total, he was found guilty across all four trials of 159 offences – 136 rapes, eight attempted rapes, 14 sexual assaults, and one by penetration.

February 17, 2020: Sinaga is moved to HMP Wakefield.

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Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Mabs Hussain said: ‘We welcome today’s ruling and are very pleased that Sinaga will be behind bars a further 10 years.

‘From speaking to many of his victims, we know that many will be comforted by this outcome and feel that the extension reflects the heinous nature of the crimes committed.

‘At the very heart of this case has always been the victims and supporting them through their horrific ordeal.’

‘The bravery that these men continue to show has been nothing short of incredible and we, alongside partners such as St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre and Survivors Manchester, will continue to offer as much support as possible to the victims and help them in every way we can.’

Mr Hussain said investigators now believe Sinaga committed sexual offences against 206 men, as a result of further evidence coming to light, and said police are yet to identify about 60 of these men.

He urged anyone who thinks they may have been a victim to contact either the force or specialist organisations such as St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Sarc) or Survivors Manchester.

He also said officers have been able to identify another 23 possible victims of Sinaga following further reports to police after reporting restrictions on the case were lifted in January 2020.

At a hearing in London in October, Solictor General Michael Ellis QC argued McCann and Sinaga should be given whole life terms for their crimes, which he said were among ‘some of the worst and most violent that this country has ever witnessed’.

He said McCann’s catalogue of offending was of the ‘utmost gravity’ and included the use of violence and a ‘desire to humiliate and degrade his victims’.

He told the court the effect on his victims was ‘profound’ and they had suffered ‘severe psychological damage’ as a result.

Mr Ellis said: ‘These offences are among the most serious sexual offences ever seen in our courts.’

The Solicitor General described Sinaga as ‘the most prolific sex offender the courts have ever seen’.

He added: ‘The effect on his victims has been devastating and will remain with them for the rest of their lives.’

Mr Ellis said a whole life term for each offender would be a ‘proper reflection’ of their crimes and the ‘significant harm’ caused to a large number of victims.

He argued there is ‘no hierarchy of seriousness, such that homicide must always rank above sexual offending’ when courts consider sentencing.

McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on the afternoon of April 25, as he left two women, his alleged victims, in his car outside

McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on the afternoon of April 25, as he left two women, his alleged victims, in his car outside

McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on the afternoon of April 25, as he left two women, his alleged victims, in his car outside

Footage released by police shows McCann's arrest after he hid up a tree after going on the run. He was arrested in the early hours of May 6, 2019 in the Cheshire town of Congleton

Footage released by police shows McCann's arrest after he hid up a tree after going on the run. He was arrested in the early hours of May 6, 2019 in the Cheshire town of Congleton

Footage released by police shows McCann’s arrest after he hid up a tree after going on the run. He was arrested in the early hours of May 6, 2019 in the Cheshire town of Congleton

Mr Ellis also argued that, if the court does not consider that whole life terms should be imposed, then the 30-year minimum terms handed to McCann and Sinaga should be increased.

Pictured: Convicted rapist Joseph McCann

Pictured: Convicted rapist Joseph McCann

Pictured: Convicted rapist Joseph McCann 

The case was the first time two separate offenders’ sentences have been challenged together as being unduly lenient. 

Lawyers representing McCann and Sinaga had argued that whole life terms are only imposed in the most serious cases of homicide.

They said that, despite the ‘extremely serious’ nature of the pair’s crimes, they could not be considered ‘on an equal footing with the very worst cases of murder’.

McCann carried out a series of sex attacks in London and the North West in April and May 2019, just two months after the convicted burglar was wrongly freed from prison following ‘major failings’ by probation staff.    

He was found guilty last December of 37 charges relating to 11 victims, aged between 11 and 71, and was described by the sentencing judge, Mr Justice Edis, as a ‘classic psychopath’.   

Two weeks of terror: How Joseph McCann drove around the country abducting and raping his victims 

Victim one, April 21, 2019 – Joseph McCann’s attacks began when he snatched a 21-year-old woman as she walked home from Pryzm nightclub in Watford in the early hours.

After kidnapping her with a knife to her throat, he told her: ‘I don’t agree with hitting women’, before raping her in her own bed.

The victim was able to preserve DNA on a tissue and prosecutors said it was ‘one billion more times likely’ to have come from McCann.

The woman reported the attack to police, McCann’s details were put on the Police National Computer and a prison recall was issued.

McCann using a drive-thru at McDonalds on April 25, while his victim was in his car

McCann using a drive-thru at McDonalds on April 25, while his victim was in his car

McCann using a drive-thru at McDonalds on April 25, while his victim was in his car

Victim two, April 25 – He abducted a 25-year-woman as she walked home from work in Walthamstow and subjected her to a 14-hour rape ordeal.

McCann told her he ‘wanted to make her rape a child’ when they were outside a school.

Victims three and four, April 25 – Hours after abducting the 25-year-old woman, who he was still holding captive, McCann was caught on CCTV bundling a 21-year-old into his car in north London, as her sister, 18, ran off screaming.

The 21-year-old was forced to perform sex acts on the 25-year-woman and was also raped.

The two captives escaped outside the Phoenix Lodge in Watford, after the 25-year-old woman hit McCann over the head with a vodka bottle. 

The Metropolitan Police circulated a CCTV image of McCann at the Phoenix Hotel and received a tip-off with his name following a public appeal.

McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on the afternoon of April 25, as he left two women, his alleged victims, in his car outside.

McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on the afternoon of April 25, as he left two women, his alleged victims, in his car outside.

McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on the afternoon of April 25, as he left two women, his alleged victims, in his car outside.

McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on the afternoon of April 25, as he left two women, his alleged victims, in his car outside.

McCann at the Phoenix Lodge Hotel in Watford on the afternoon of April 25, as he left two women, his alleged victims, in his car outside

Victim five, six and seven, May 5 – McCann struck again after meeting a woman at a bar in Lancashire and going back to her home.

He tied the woman up with cable from her hairdryer. He then subjected her 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son to a horrific four-hour sex ordeal where they were both raped.

The family’s ordeal came to an end when the girl jumped naked from a first floor bedroom and ran to her grandmother’s house to raise the alarm.

The 17-year-old said in a statement to police: ‘You know when you can see inside someone’s eyes and you know they are pure evil.’

Her distressing 999 call left jurors in tears and led the judge to offer them counselling half way through the trial.

McCann on a bus in Greater Manchester after attacking a family at their house

McCann on a bus in Greater Manchester after attacking a family at their house

McCann on a bus in Greater Manchester after attacking a family at their house

Victim eight, May 5 – After leaving the house in Lancashire, McCann then abducted a 71-year-old woman in the car park of a supermarket.

When she protested he punched her in the face and later sexually assaulted her in the car.

Victim nine, May 5 – Later that day, McCann abducted a 13-year-old girl.

He forced the pensioner, who was also in the car, to drive as he sexually assaulted the teenager.

Both the girl and the 71-year-old woman were able to escape at Knutsford service station.

Victims 10 and 11, May 5 – His final victims were two 14-year-old girls who crouched in terror on the back seat of his stolen car while being chased by police.

Roadblocks had been set up as police searched for McCann in a stolen Fiat Punto.

He was forced to flee on foot after crashing and abandoning the car and was captured on film running through the back gardens of homes in Cheshire pursued by police.

McCann looking into a Fiat car as he buys petrol and a pack of Durex condoms at a Shell garage with two 14-year-old girls allegedly in the car

McCann looking into a Fiat car as he buys petrol and a pack of Durex condoms at a Shell garage with two 14-year-old girls allegedly in the car

McCann looking into a Fiat car as he buys petrol and a pack of Durex condoms at a Shell garage with two 14-year-old girls allegedly in the car

McCann hid in a tree and – despite being spotted by a police helicopter – refused to give up.

Footage released by the police showed McCann being captured by a specialist team after a four-hour standoff.

He was shivering having worn a wet red T-shirt he had snatched from a clothesline while running between houses.

After his arrest he taunted police by saying if they had caught him after the first two rapes he would not have been able to continue with his assaults.

May 6 – A police helicopter finally locates him up a tree, he was coaxed down and arrested.

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