Words: Steve Brown
The mother of Britain's 'most prolific rapist' didn't know her son was gay.
Reynhard Sinaga, 36, was found guilty of targeting around 48 men outside clubs in Manchester and lured them back to his flat where he proceeded to drug and assault them, while filming the attacks.
Sinaga was already serving life with a minimum term of 20 years for offences he was convicted of in two earlier trials – which took place in summer 2018 and last spring.
But now, a judge has ruled his life sentence must include a minimum of 30 years in jail and lifted reporting restrictions, the BBC reported.
Across four separate trials, the Indonesian national was found guilty of 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape, 14 counts of sexual assault and one count of assault by penetration against a total of 48 victims.
According to the BBC, Sinaga would target men leaving nightclubs and bars outside Manchester clubs before taking them to his flat in Princess Street where he offered them a drink.
He then drugged his victims before assaulting them while they were unconscious. When the victims woke up, they had no recollection of what had happened.
In an earlier sentencing, the judge ruled that she was sure he had used some sort of date rape drug such as GHB.
Several of his victims said the ordeal had left them with serious mental health issues, with some developing suicidal thoughts.
Now, while speaking to The Sunday Times, his mother - Normawati Sinaga - claimed she did not know her son was gay and believed his victim had made up the story.
She said her son was a 'quiet boy' who went to church in Indonesia every Sunday where he would play the piano.
She said: "Imagine a small Indonesian man being beaten up by a big, tall westerner. I wondered if the other person had made up the story.
“We are a good Christian family who do not believe in homosexuality. He is my baby.”
After begging her son to return back to Indonesia, she said he believed it wasn't a 'good place to live for him and he felt comfortable living in Manchester'.
In the northern province of Aceh in Indonesia, homosexuality is punishable with 100 lashes.
The serial rapist’s father told the BBC “his punishment fits his crimes” after he was jailed for life on Monday.