Reynhard Sinaga: Detectives want to trace 60 more men

Detectives want to trace 60 more men they think were attacked by Britain’s worst rapist Reynhard Sinaga as they identify 23 further victims

  • Reynhard Sinaga, 36, is thought to have carried out sex attacks on 206 men 
  • Police say they’ve identified another 23 people who are believed to be victims 
  • Sinaga, a mature student originally from Indonesia, was jailed for life in 2020
  • Police urging other victims – with around 60 still unidentified – to come forward

Detectives want to trace 60 more men they think were attacked by Britain’s worst rapist Reynhard Sinaga. 

Sinaga, 36 – described as a ‘monster’ by a judge – is thought to have carried out sex attacks on 206 men over a two-and-a-half year period.

Police say they’ve identified another 23 people who are believed to be victims after Sinaga roamed the streets of Manchester’s clubland and lured men to his apartment before drugging them so they became unconscious.

Sinaga, a mature student originally from Indonesia, would then rape or sexually assault them while filming the attacks on his mobile phone.

Reynhard Sinaga (pictured), 36 – described as a ‘monster’ by a judge – is thought to have carried out sex attacks on 206 men over a two-and-a-half year period

Police say they’ve identified another 23 people who are believed to be victims after Sinaga (pictured) roamed the streets of Manchester’s clubland and lured men to his apartment before drugging them so they became unconscious 

He was jailed for life in January 2020, with his minimum term increased from 30 to 40 years by the Court of Appeal.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said they received 155 reports after an appeal was launched following the last of Sinaga’s four trials.

Of those, 23 were identified as potential victims – with 12 previously classed as unidentified victims after footage or images was recovered from Sinaga’s devices.

But GMP said all had decided not to pursue further prosecutions again Sinaga as they are satisfied ‘justice has been done’.

Detectives are now urging other victims – with around 60 still unidentified – to come forward.

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

Detective Chief Inspector Zed Ali, Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Island, said: ‘Supporting those affected by Sinaga’s despicable crimes has always been our priority, alongside securing the maximum possible jail term for him.

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.

December 2020: Police reveal they think he raped 206 men, 60 of whom remain unidentified. 

‘GMP, working with partners including St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre and Survivors Manchester, will always be on hand to help anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence.

‘It is important we continue to make attempts to trace the around 60 men we believe are victims of Sinaga, but who haven’t made contact with police or support services yet.

‘Our appeal, launched last year, has so far identified 23 further victims of Sinaga. I commend their bravery for getting in touch and the strength and dignity they have shown throughout the past year during our further investigations.

‘Ultimately, they decided not to pursue further prosecutions given Sinaga is already serving a record sentence for rape offences, and it will be four decades before he is even considered for release.

‘That they are satisfied justice has been done is testament to the hard work of our officers, who were able to secure the evidence needed to put Sinaga in prison – where he belongs.

‘I would urge anyone who thinks they may have been a victim to please get in touch with us.

‘Specialist staff involved in Operation Island remain key members of our force and will continue to investigate any further enquiries that come to light.

‘If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, specialist support services are widely available with organisations such as St Mary’s SARC and Survivors Manchester.’

During Sinaga’s fourth trial, Manchester Crown Court heard how he ‘catalogued’ the attacks by copying victims’ Facebook pages or photos and stole ‘souvenirs’ such as their watches, driving licences or student cards.

All of his victims suffered varying degrees of memory loss and almost all had no recollection of being attacked – with many believing they had simply got drunk and fallen asleep.

It wasn’t until they were tracked down years later by police that they learned the shocking truth.

GMP’s investigation – Operation Island – is believed to be the largest rape investigation in British judicial history.

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

Sinaga was convicted of 159 sexual offences against 48 different men, including 136 rapes, eight attempted rapes, two assaults by penetration and 13 sexual assaults between 2015-2017.

But he’s thought to have carried out dozens more sex attacks.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim can contact police or specialist support agencies using the contact details below. 

For anyone who wishes to seek support but does not want to talk to police, St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre can continue to be reached on 0161 276 6515 and Survivors Manchester can be contacted on 0161 236 2182. 

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