Britain’s worst rapist is a “narcissist and a psychopath” who offended “with impunity” for more than a decade – that’s according to a detective who spent years working to jail the predator.
Detective Inspector Zaheer Ali is one of several people interviewed in a new Manchester Evening News podcast about the serial rapist Reynhard Sinaga.
During the one-off documentary podcast we speak to the detectives at the forefront of the investigation and discuss the facts heard in four crown court trials before Sinaga was jailed for life.
International student Sinaga, 36, was a cunning and practiced predator who stalked the streets of Manchester hunting for victims.
He lured dozens of men back to his city centre flat where he raped them and filmed the encounters on two iPhones.
He was jailed for life back in January and must serve 30 years behind bars before he can be considered for release.
In an exclusive interview with the M.E.N, DI Ali - who led a team of detectives who investigated Sinaga over two years - described the rapist as “a psychopath”.
He said: “Had he not been a narcissist and a psychopath, anybody else faced with such damning evidence would have admitted to what they’ve done.”
He added: “He’s offended with impunity for a decade.
“He’s now convinced himself either that he is innocent or that it doesn’t matter because he’s got what he wanted for so long.”
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Indonesian student Sinaga, who has lived in Manchester since 2007, drugged and raped 44 men and sexually assaulted a further four during a campaign of rape that lasted more than two years.
But detectives believe the true number of victims is actually 195, based on the hundreds of hours of video footage Sinaga filmed during the attacks.
Sinaga lured drunk men back to his apartment in Manchester city centre before lacing their drinks with GHB and raping them while they were unconscious.
During the podcast the M.E.N also speaks to Duncan Craig, CEO of Survivors Manchester - a charity which works to help male victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Anyone who thinks they may have been affected by Sinaga’s crimes, come into contact with him under similar circumstances, or someone like him, is urged to contact police via 101.
Specialist officers are waiting to take their calls and offer the appropriate support.
The police can be contacted in the UK on 0800 092 0410 and internationally on 0207 158 0124
Counselling support can be reached via 0800 056 0154 or by calling 0207 158 0011 for international calls.
The Police Major Incident Public Reporting Site website is here
Survivors Manchester supports boys and men who have been affected by rape and sexual assault.
The charity provides therapeutic support and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA).
They offer assistance throughout the criminal justice system, from initial reports to court and beyond.
ISVAs work independently of the police, Crown Prosecution Service and court system.
Boys and Men in Greater Manchester affected by sexual abuse, regardless of when it happened, can access Survivors Manchester by calling 0161 236 2182 or emailing: [email protected]
A weekly drop in session takes place each Wednesday from 2pm until 5pm.
You can donate to Survivors Manchester here: www.justgiving.com/survivorsmanchester
Greater Manchester Rape Crisis works with women and girls affected by rape and sexual assault. They can be contacted on 0161 273 4591.
St Marys Sexual Assault Referral Centre provides forensic, counselling and aftercare services for people affected by rape and sexual assault. Their services can be accessed without contacting police by calling 0161 276 6515 or visiting: https://www.stmaryscentre.org/
He hopes the case will break down the stigma around male rape and make people more aware of personal safety.
He said: “We've said before, Manchester's had more than its fair share of trauma.
“We've bounced back and we will bounce back from this. We’ll be a stronger city, we’ll be a more sturdy, stable and resilient city. But what I love about Manchester the most is that Manchester looks after its own and, without a doubt, this is a case where Manchester is standing with these men.”
Anyone who thinks they may have been affected by Sinaga’s crimes can pass information to police via the online Major Incident Public Portal here or by calling 101.
The MIPP will also provide contact details for support agencies to anyone who accesses it.
Anyone who wishes to seek support but does not want to talk to police can contact St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.
Survivors Manchester - a charity that works with male victims of rape and sexual assault - can also be contacted on 0161 236 2182.
The National Male Survivors Helpline can be contacted on 0808 800 5005.