Reynhard Sinaga (pictured above) is said to be Britain's most prolific rapist
Reynahrd Sinaga lived in a scruffy flat close to Manchester's gay village, but would boast of his wealthy family's luxury lifestyle back home in Indonesia.
His life in Britain as a perpetual student was funded by money sent to him by his father, a property tycoon in the conservative South-East Asian country.
Sinaga appeared reluctant to return there because his parents Saibun and Normawaty, who did not know he was gay, wanted him to marry and settle down.
'His father is a very rich man,' one former friend recalled. 'They have a mansion in the centre of Jakarta. He would boast of maids, drivers, all sorts.'
Sinaga, who has a younger sister and brother, clearly enjoyed Manchester's liberal, tolerant lifestyle, and never hid his sexuality while living in the city.
It was the antithesis of Indonesia, where homosexuality is deeply frowned upon and still illegal in some states.
Privileged: Sinaga (centre) with his property tycoon father Saibun (right) and mother Normawaty (left)
Sinaga admitted he would adopt a more conservative appearance when travelling to visit family in his homeland.
The former friend said: 'My impression is that the family found him not normal but he never told them he was gay. He used to change his hair and clothes to go home.'
Sinaga's flat in Montana House was a few hundred yards from Manchester's gay village, and just around the corner from bars and nightclubs frequented by the young students he preyed upon.
He 'used to go on dates a lot' and would 'sleep around a lot too', his friend said, adding: 'His family is so rich he never worked and he would always be out in the week with different people, from what I remember.'
Sinaga (pictured above) is facing life for drugging and raping dozens of men in Manchester
A court sketch pictured above of Sinaga (centre) he has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years
He said Sinaga – who was 'obsessed' by the Spice Girls while he was growing up – claimed his family failed to understand him and found him 'odd'.
'His parents tried to make him meet some girl from his country. They wanted him to marry and have a family.'
Sinaga, known as Rey, came to the UK as a student in 2007, when he was 24. He completed an master's in planning at Manchester University, then continued his studies at the same institution by taking another master's degree in sociology, graduating in 2011.
After this he enrolled for a PhD in geography at Leeds University, regularly commuting there for supervisions on his thesis, entitled 'Sexuality and everyday transnationalism. South Asian gay and bisexual men in Manchester'.
Sinaga was brought up a Roman Catholic and remained a devout Christian while in Manchester
He wrote essays on topics such as 'queer geography', some of which were published online, but academics found his work did not meet the required standard.
Leeds University suspended him on his arrest in 2017, and expelled him after his first trial in 2018.
Sinaga was brought up a Roman Catholic and remained a devout Christian while in Manchester.
He worshipped at St John's and St Chrysostom's, a liberal Anglican church in Rusholme, around a mile from his flat.
Sinaga is thought to be the world’s worst sexual predator in terms of convictions.
No other rapist is believed to have been found guilty of such a huge number of crimes – but some are feared to have had at least as many victims.
Joji Obara is thought to have raped between 150 and 400 women in Japan.
Obara, now 68, went on trial for raping and killing British air stewardess Lucie Blackman in 2000. He got a life sentence for the abduction, dismemberment and disposal of the former BA worker’s body – but he was acquitted of causing her death. He also got life for raping nine other women.
British paedophile Richard Huckle is believed to have assaulted up to 200 children in South East Asia between 2006 and 2014.
He got 22 life sentences in the UK after admitting 71 charges of sex abuse. The 33-year-old was murdered by an inmate in HMP Full Sutton, North Yorkshire, last year.
There he struck up friendships with two older gay men, referring to them as 'his gay parents'.
Sinaga's conviction has come as a profound shock to his family, who regularly visited him in Britain and are believed to have made at least one trip to see him in prison.
Family friend Sahat Sinaga, a palm oil tycoon based in Jakarta, said: 'This is shocking news for them to have to face.' Sinaga's mother and sister Friska, a doctor, provided references for him at his trial. Judge Suzanne Goddard QC noted that they knew nothing of the 'cold, cunning and calculated rapist'.
Mr Sinaga agreed, saying: 'No, they wouldn't know all this. They will be shocked, deeply shocked.'
Sinaga's father has declined to comment about the case.
Sinaga would go looking for victims in the early hours of the morning, approaching lone young men around the Fifth Avenue and Factory nightclubs near his flat, the court heard.
He would 'befriend' them by chatting about university life or music, or offer assistance if they were too drunk for a taxi driver to take them home.
Victims simply thought he was trying to help them and most went willingly to his flat. But Sinaga's true nature was revealed in an online chat with another gay friend about his exploits.
The friend joked: 'There's always a new one. F****** hell, darling, you get a different straight [man] every week.' In response, Sinaga made light of the method he used to attack his victims – drugging them until they were unconscious.
'F****** hell, black magic potion,' he wrote. 'Manchester is a magical city. City of gay romance, city of gay love. Take a sip of my secret poison. It'll make you fall in love. One drop should be enough.' Having twice raped one heterosexual man in the early hours of New Year's Eve 2015, Sinaga told a friend in a sickening boast: 'I met him in the Factory [a nearby bar]. Straight, 22, playing football. He was straight in 2014. 2015 is his breakthrough to the gay world hahaha.'
The unsuspecting victim said he had 'felt guilty for having imposed himself on Mr Sinaga'.
In an exchange about another victim, a friend asked Sinaga: 'Did you meet him on [gay dating app] Grindr, darling?'
They then joked about 'Ray's room being too messy'. The friend added: 'There will be male bodies piling up under the bed.'
Sinaga replied: 'Actually it is very discreet – a straight boys' sanctuary. They are hiding in my closet.'
The friend likened Sinaga to 'Robin Hood, stealing from the straights to give to the gays'.
One woman who knew Sinaga well until 2013 told The Guardian he thought of himself as 'a bit of a Peter Pan'. She described him as 'narcissistic and somewhat naive to everything'.
Passing sentence, Judge Goddard said Sinaga had shown 'not a jot of remorse and indeed at times during the case seemed to actually be enjoying the trial process'.
He had grown his hair long and took notes during the trials. At one stage he even appeared to mock the prosecutor for his views on sex.
Sinaga hunted for drunk young men around nightclubs near his flat in Manchester (above)
Spirit bottles at Sinaga's flat are pictured. He is thought to have drugged the men when giving them a drink from his selection of alcohol
He claimed it was 'a bit discriminatory' to say his exploits were 'not like normal sex', and accused prosecutor Iain Simkin of believing sex could 'only be between a man and a woman'. Under cross-examination, Sinaga claimed his victims willingly participated in a '50 Shades of Grey'-style sex game – a reference to the best-selling EL James novel about a sado-masochistic affair – and were only pretending to be asleep.
But in videos shown to Manchester Crown Court, one man could be seen motionless on the floor for 37 minutes, while another had a sheet put over his face. Several could be heard snoring. A laughing Sinaga told jurors: 'Just because it looks weird or 50 Shades of Grey or something like that, a strange sexual fantasy, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
'It happens underground, it's common.'
The 5ft 7ins, softly-spoken rapist claimed he was 'very gentle, caring and sensitive' as he had sex with his victims as part of the game, rather than acting 'creepily' so as not to wake them up. In some of the footage, he could be seen moving away from his victims and turning out the light if they stirred so they would go back to sleep.
A map of Manchester city centre shows where Sinaga's flat (in red) is located along with the nightclubs Factory and Fifth Avenue, which many of the complainants had earlier been to
Asked about his sexuality, Sinaga said: 'I am openly gay.' He agreed that he would describe himself as 'flamboyant'. He said: 'I make myself available all the time. For some I may look like a lady boy, which seems popular among curious young men looking for a gay experience. I am effeminate. It is natural in me.'
Sinaga said he chose his flat in central Manchester because 'I wanted to live among the gay community and near the gay village', adding that he went out there 'most nights'.
Back in Indonesia, Sinaga's family and friends have been cutting their ties with him, removing links and pictures on social media.
His face has vanished from the Facebook pages of those who listed him as a friend. No one could possibly blame them.
Rugby playing sixth former woke to find naked rapist molesting him: Teenager reveals how he beat up attacker, escaped... then led police back to his lair
By Richard Marsden for the Daily Mail
But for the bravery of one teenage victim, Reynhard Sinaga’s crimes may never have come to light.
The 18-year-old sixth former woke up in Sinaga’s flat to find himself being sexually assaulted.
Although still in a ‘confused and disorientated’ state he was able to push Sinaga off and fought with his naked attacker in order to escape.
Giving evidence, the victim said the rapist had persuaded him to go back to his flat to ‘get out of the cold’ after he lost touch with his friends in a nightclub.
Specialist police officers and victim support services are on standby to hear from anyone who believes Sinaga (pictured) may have approached them on a night out
He had left the Factory club in Manchester at around midnight and was waiting for a message from his friends when Sinaga approached.
At the flat the victim recalled having two shots of a red liquid. Sinaga then poured a ‘shot of clear liquid from something that looked like a Sambuca bottle’.
Although he had been drinking alcohol earlier that evening, the victim said he had been in the nightclub for only an hour and was not drunk.
Priti Patel has ordered an urgent inquiry into ‘date rape drugs’ after Reynhard Sinaga used them for his horrific sex crimes.
The Home Secretary called on her official advisers to look at whether tougher controls are needed for drugs such as GHB, also known as ‘liquid ecstasy’.
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Home Secretary Priti Patel has called for an urgent review into whether more stringent controls are needed for date rape drugs
During his sentencing, Judge Suzanne Goddard said date rape drugs were ‘regrettably freely