A clubber has revealed he escaped the clutches of the world’s worst rapist Reynhard Sinaga after growing suspicious because the serial offender was sober at 4am.
Michael Crompton, 26, had lost his friends on a night out in Manchester and went into a takeaway to ask if anyone had a phone charger he could borrow.
Sinaga invited Mr Crompton to his one-bedroom flat to use his charger, but he became suspicious when the pervert twice offered him drinks despite being totally sober himself.
Michael Crompton (right), 26, had lost his friends on a night out in Manchester and went into a takeaway to ask if anyone had a phone charger he could borrow. Sinaga invited Mr Crompton to his one-bedroom flat to use his charger, but he became suspicious and left shortly after
Mr Crompton, of Whitefield, Greater Manchester, told The Sun: ‘I thought he was a bit weird when he approached me.
‘He seemed really sober for a guy in a takeaway at 4am offering strangers to go to his flat.
The two went to his flat where Sinaga offered his potential victim a drink, which he turned down. Moment later Sinaga offered him a shot, which Mr Crompton also turned down.
‘I said ‘No’ and then he told me that I could stay the night if I wanted to. It was at that point that I decided I needed to get the hell out of there.
Last week, PhD student Sinaga, 36, was jailed for life with a minimum of 30 years for sexually abusing 195 men.
Sinaga hunted for drunk young men around nightclubs near his flat in Manchester (above)
Sinaga, 36, preyed on the young men – most of them heterosexual – and police set up a specialist help line after admitting the true figure may be higher.
And now detectives in Manchester, where Sinaga drugged and filmed himself abusing his victims, say they have already been contacted by 30 more men who fear they were also raped.
Duncan Craig, who runs rape support group Survivors Manchester, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show: ‘The police incident room had around 30 calls yesterday’.
Sinaga incapacitated victims with the date rape drug GHB before filming his attacks.
Last night Home Secretary Priti Patel ordered a review into whether tougher controls are needed for the Class C drug widely used recreationally among the gay community.
Sinaga, who mostly targeted heterosexual students in Manchester, was convicted of 159 attacks, including 136 rapes, eight attempted rapes and 15 indecent assaults against 48 victims. Four trials were held over 18 months.
Footage was found of him assaulting up to 195 different men, 70 of whom have not been traced.
‘He would almost certainly be the most prolific sex offender to have gone through the British courts and quite possibly any court in the world,’ said Ian Rushton, North West deputy chief crown prosecutor.
Montana House on Princess Street in Manchester city centre where Sinaga operated as a serial rapist
The videos of the attacks Sinaga was charged with are believed to date from 2015 to 2017 and Sinaga arrived in Britain in 2007. A source said: ‘What he did in the intervening years is unknown and it is possible there are many more victims.’
As the authorities faced questions about how Sinaga was able to get away with his crimes for so long:
- Manchester University and police set up support helplines;
- Detectives appealed for other victims to come forward;
- It emerged that two men targeted by Sinaga attempted suicide;
- Jurors were offered counselling after having to watch videos of Sinaga’s rapes.
The shocking case can finally be reported after the lifting of court reporting restrictions.
Indonesian-born Sinaga was already serving a minimum of 20 years after being found guilty at trials in July 2018 and May 2019. Trials in October and December saw further convictions.
Sinaga (pictured above) posed as a Good Samaritan and would offer his victims a place to stay
Fifth Nightclub on Princess Street in Manchester city centre, and formerly known as 5th Avenue. One victim had been waiting outside the club when Sinaga approached him
He 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.
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.
Passing sentence, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said Sinaga was a dangerous offender who had committed evil crimes.
She added: ‘I’m not aware of any other case of sexual offending on this scale and magnitude. This was a campaign of rape which, in my judgement, justifies the highest of sentences.
Sinaga (above) would prey on victims aged 18-36
‘One of your victims described you as a monster. The scale and enormity of your offending establishes that is an accurate description.’ She called Sinaga a ‘highly dangerous, cunning and deceitful individual who will never be safe to release’ – also pointing out that he could have killed or seriously injured his victims by spiking their drinks.
She said she would have imposed a whole life term – a UK first for a case not involving murder – but for the fact that Sinaga did not torture his victims.
The Crown Prosecution Service said the investigation was the largest rape case it had ever handled.
Mr Rushton said: ‘His extreme sense of sexual entitlement almost defies belief and he would no doubt still be adding to his staggering tally had he not been caught. He used victims as objects purely for his own gratification.’
Sinaga, who came to Manchester as a student funded by his wealthy Indonesian family, boasted to friends about using ‘black magic potion’ and ‘secret poison’ to have sex with straight men.
He denied all the offences, claiming his victims had agreed to play dead during sex in a 50 Shades of Grey fantasy.
Sinaga had two degrees from Manchester University and was taking a PhD in geography at Leeds University at the time of his arrest in June 2017. Although raised a Catholic, he attended a liberal Anglican church close to his flat.
The court heard that Sinaga’s victims had suffered ‘deep and lasting psychological harm’. Two of the men attempted suicide, while others told how the trauma of what happened had ruined their lives and forced them to take to drink.
Nazir Afzal, a former North West chief crown prosecutor, said law enforcement agencies were being ‘overly reactive’.
He added: ‘They wait for brave victims to come forward. They don’t look for patterns, join the dots or assume the worst.
‘It’s better that we presume that predators exist in every environment and go looking for them.’
Greater Manchester Police urged other potential victims of Sinaga or anyone requiring support to come forward.
‘He’s still my baby’: Mother of world’s worst rapist Reynhard Sinaga reveals she desperately tried to get him to return from the UK to his devout family in Indonesia before he carried out sex attacks on 195 men
Police have linked Reynhard Sinaga to more than 190 potential victims in total – 70 of whom they have not yet been able to identify
The mother of prolific rapist Reynhard Sinaga has said she desperately urged him to return to his devout Christian family in Indonesia.
Sinaga, 36, is believed to have attacked at least 195 men and was convicted of drugging 48 of them and filming himself sexually violating them while they were unconscious in his Manchester flat.
The gay Christian student was jailed for 60 years and must serve a minimum of 30 years in custody before he can be considered for parole.
Sinaga’s mother, Normawati, from Depok, a city within the Jakarta metropolitan area in Indonesia, still struggles to believe her son was capable of such evil crimes, in an interview with The Sunday Times.
‘We are a good Christian family who do not believe in homosexuality. He is my baby,’ she said.
Sinaga’s mother, Normawati (left), from Depok, a city within the Jakarta metropolitan area in Indonesia, still struggles to believe her son, Reynhard Sinaga, was capable of such evil crimes. Also pictured is his father, Saibun
Normawati told how her son, a former Leeds University postgraduate student and eldest of four, was a ‘gentle boy’ who had a passion for reading.
She described how her son had a privileged upbringing, funded by the family’s company of palm oil plantation and refinery, and would accompany her to church every Sunday morning.
‘He didn’t really go out much. He was more interested in studying,’ she said.
Normawati revealed how her son could play the piano ‘pretty well’ and added: ‘He was a quiet boy. He didn’t really enjoy performing in the church. But I made him do it.’
Sinaga hunted for drunk young men around nightclubs near his flat in Manchester (above)
Sinaga arrived in the UK on a student visa in 2007 financed by his parents and remained in the country on those terms for the next 10 years.
He chose to live close to the gay village and the Canal Street area of Manchester where attitudes to homosexuality were very different than in his home nation of Indonesia.
Sinaga is said to have had a small, close-knit group of friends who believed him to be friendly and good-natured.
He graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with an MSc degree in Planning and again in 2011 with an MA degree in Sociology.
No concerns of a sexual nature, or of any other matters, were ever raised with the university, confirmed officials.
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
From 2012 he commuted monthly to the University of Leeds as part of his studies for a PhD.
Sinaga attended regular supervision meetings to help with his thesis entitled ‘Sexuality and everyday transnationalism. South Asian gay and bisexual men in Manchester’.
His mother repeatedly begged her son to return home to help run the family business because her husband was growing old.
Yet Sinaga, who aimed of becoming a lecturer, refused his mother’s pleas and said he ‘felt comfortable living in Manchester’.
Despite Sinaga not saying so, one factor is likely to have been Indonesia’s attitude to homosexuality.
In 2014 the northern province of Aceh passed a law to punish anyone having gay sex with 100 lashes.
The university said he did not appear to spend much time in the city, other than for the monthly supervision sessions, and did not take an active part in research groups or societies.
Her son was finally caught in June 2017 when an 18-year-old victim, who he had met outside Factory nightclub, had regained consciousness during his attack.
A large part of Sinaga’s offending took place in the bedroom but some did take place in the living room. The final victim was raped in the bathroom before he woke up during the ordeal
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
The six-foot tall, 13-stone teenager, told the court how he woke up with his trousers around his ankles with Sinaga molesting him.
He battered the rapist, beating him so badly he suffered a bleed on the brain and had to be taken to hospital.
Initially the victim was mistakenly arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, but Sinaga left an iPhone 4 in his back pocket which contained sickening videos of him raping drugged men.
Greater Manchester Police called Normawati to tell her that her son had been arrested for a ‘serious crime’ and was in hospital.
Upon visiting her son in hospital she described seeing bruises covering his face, neck and parts of his body.
Normawati expressed her anger at the time of seeing her son in such a state despite an Indonesian diplomat telling her that Sinaga was accused of rape.
‘Imagine a small Indonesian man being beaten up by a big, tall westerner,’ she said. ‘I wondered if the other person had made up the story.’
She said her son was ‘not the type of boy’ who liked to fight and was never involved in fights as a child.