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Raynhard Sinaga jailed for life

UK students found guilty of 159 counts of sexual assault.

On Monday,Reynhard Sinanga ,a student in UK was found guilty of 159  counts of sexual assault although the number of his victims may be higher than that. He lured his intoxicated victims to his apartment in Montana House, a few walks from Factory nightclub ,before drugging them with GHB and assaulting them. Most of his victims were heterosexual.

Photograph:Manchester Police

Sinaga was convicted of 159 offences, including 136 rapes and eight attempted rapes, at four separate trials, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.The first trial began in June 2018. 

Born in 1983 to a Catholic family in Jambi in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Sinaga came to the UK at 24 in 2007 on a student visa, to study urban planning at the University of Manchester.He got three more degrees there, before embarking on a PHD in Human Geography at the University of Leeds.

Reynhard  got arrested  on June 2017 after on of his victims woke up while being assaulted. Chilling details revealed how he would mock his victims via text messages and also make recordings of him sexually assaulting his victims for hours on end. He would collect phones,watches, ID cards and images downloaded from their social media profiles, which he would keep as trophies

 

Sinagas bedroom floor where he took advantage of dozens of his victims. photograph: Manchester Police
phones taken as trophies. photograph:Manchester police

In messages about the first victim who went to court, Sinaga boasted about the attack on New Year’s Eve in 2014. “I didn’t get my new year kiss, but I’ve had my first sex in 2015 already,” he wrote, adding that the man was “straight in 2014. 2015 is his breakthrough to the gay world hahaha”.

During another boast about what he presented as his prowess with “straight” men, Sinaga wrote: “Take a sip of my secret poison, I’ll make you fall in love.”

On Monday  Sinaga was sentenced to life in prison at Manchester Crown Court by Judge Suzzane Goddard  with a minimum term of 30 years. He is already serving 88 concurrent life sentences with a minimum of 20 years before he can be considered for parole following his first two trials, which related to 25 victims and were heard between 2018 and 2019

He was sentenced on Monday for trials three and four,where he was convicted of counts relating to a further 23 victims. All but four of the 48 victims whose cases came to court were raped.

 

 

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