The mother of the man dubbed “Britain’s most prolific rapist” has said “he is still my baby” despite his conviction for sexually assaulting scores of men.
Reynhard Sinaga’s wealthy Indonesian family financed his studies from 2007 onwards including his time in Manchester - where he sexually violated 48 men at his flat in the city centre.
Police believe the 36-year-old student may have abused at least 195 men in total.
But his mother Normawati, speaking to The Sunday Times, said she struggles to believe her son was capable of his crimes, and she did not even know he was gay.
She said: “We are a good Christian family who do not believe in homosexuality. He is my baby.”
Normawati described how she flew over to visit her son in hospital following his arrest in 2017 after his final victim regained consciousness during his ordeal and beat up Sinaga.
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.”
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She said she begged him to return to his home country but he told her he wanted to follow his ambition of becoming a lecturer.
She said: “He said Indonesia was not a good place to live for him and he felt comfortable living in Manchester.”
Sinaga went out in the early hours of the morning, hunting for lone, drunk young men around nightclubs near his flat.
He posed as a Good Samaritan who offered them a floor to sleep on or promised them more drink.
His victims – who were mainly heterosexual – had little or no memory of the hours that followed as Sinaga repeatedly raped many of them.
It is thought he laced alcoholic drinks with a drug such as GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy.
Sinaga was jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years after he was found guilty of a total of 159 offences committed between January 2015 and May 2017.
They included 136 counts of rape, 13 counts of sexual assault, eight counts of attempted rape and two counts of assault by penetration.