Reynhard Sinaga: The prolific rapist ‘should never be released,’ says the Attorney General while reviewing the sentence | UK news

A prolific rapist who was jailed for a minimum of 30 years received his sentence for being excessively lenient, as the Attorney General said he should never be released.

Reynhard Sinaga, 36, was convicted of 136 counts of rape and sentenced on January 6 to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 30 years in the Crown Court of Manchester.

His case was referred by the Crown Prosecutor Service (CPS) to the Attorney General, who has now referred the Sinaga ruling to the Court of Appeal for being too lenient.







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The attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, believes that a “whole life order” should be considered for the rapist, which means that his crimes are so serious that he will never get out of jail.

Mr. Cox said: “After carefully considering the details of this case, I have decided to refer the judgment to the Court of Appeal.

“Synaga carried out a large number of attacks, for a prolonged period of time, causing substantial pain and psychological suffering to its victims.

“Now it is up to the court to decide if the sentence increases.”

Sinaga, the most prolific rapist in British legal history, was convicted of rape and sexual assault against 48 men over a period of 10 years.

But, the police believe that the student, who is originally from Indonesia, may have assaulted more than 190.

Sinaga came to the United Kingdom to study a master's degree and then a doctorate
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Sinaga came to the United Kingdom to study a master’s degree and then a doctorate

Sinaga arrived in the United Kingdom in 2007 to study a master’s degree at the University of Manchester and then a doctorate in human geography at the University of Leeds.

He lived alone in an apartment in the center of Manchester, in an area full of pubs and clubs frequented by students, becoming what the CPS described as a “strategically located” base for his offense.

Synaga would take advantage of young men, drunk and alone, and offer them a drink or a place to charge their mobile phone in their nearby apartment.

Sinaga brought his victims to his apartment
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Sinaga brought his victims to his apartment

He would then give them a drink mixed with gamma hydroxybutyrate, also known as GHB and the “date rape drug” and rape them.

All but some of the victims of Sinaga were straight white men with an average age of 21 years.

Many of them did not know that they had been raped when they woke up and only found out when the police contacted them.

Sinaga’s crime was discovered in June 2017 when a victim woke up in the middle of the attack and called the police.

The officers who searched his apartment found images of days that Sinaga had recorded of him carrying out the attacks.

Synaga is seen with a security camera in the hall outside her apartment
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Synaga is seen with a security camera in the hall outside her apartment

The court heard how Sinaga routinely copied her victims’ Facebook profiles and stole her photos. Prosecutors said there was evidence that he was collecting or cataloging his victims.

The final sentence of Sinaga was an accumulation of four criminal trials at the Manchester Crown Court in the last two years, which involved almost 160 counts of rape and sexual assault against 48 men.

The rapist pleaded not guilty at all times, claiming the attacks were consensual.

Sinaga received two life sentences in the first three trials and another, with a minimum term of 30 years, on January 6, which is what the Attorney General has said is too forgiving.

:: Do you think you have been a victim or have been affected by this case? If so, contact the police at 0800 092 0410 (UK calls) or 020 7158 0124 (international calls).

If you want to seek help from specialists, contact: 0800 056 0154 (calls to the United Kingdom) / 020 7158 0011 (international calls).

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