He’s my baby says rape fiend’s mum

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SAM YARWOOD

THE mother of Bri­tain’s worst rapist Reyn­hard Si­naga has told how she still finds it hard to be­lieve her son was ca­pa­ble of such evil crimes as he be­gins a life sen­tence be­hind bars.

Si­naga was jailed for life last week for sex of­fences re­lat­ing to 48 men, aged 17 to 36.

De­tec­tives, how­ever, be­lieve the true num­ber of vic­tims is closer to 200, based on the hun­dreds of hours of video footage the In­done­sia na­tional took of the at­tacks.

A court heard how the 36-year-old would lure drunk men back to his flat in Manch­ester city cen­tre be­fore lac­ing their drinks with GHB and rap­ing them while they were un­con­scious.

The case ex­posed Si­naga as Bri­tain’s worst rapist – some­thing which the Sun­day Times re­ports his fam­ily are strug­gling to come to terms with.

Speak­ing to the news­pa­per, his mother Normawati said: ‘We are a good Chris­tian fam­ily who do not be­lieve in ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. He is my baby.’

Normawati, from De­pok, a city within the Jakarta metropoli­tan area of In­done­sia, said she vis­ited her son in Strange­ways prison in June 2019 and asked him: “Why did you keep those videos and pic­tures on your mobile phone?”

He told her that he ‘liked to do it,’ adding: “It was my doc­u­men­tary.”

In the in­ter­view, the mum-of-four de­scribed her son as a ‘gen­tle boy’ who ‘loved to bury him­self’ in a book and who had a priv­i­leged up­bring­ing and at­tended church ev­ery Sun­day.

Normawati said her son ‘in­stantly fell in love’ with the UK af­ter mov­ing to Manch­ester in 2007 to study and re­fused re­peated pleas by her to re­turn home to help with the fam­ily busi­ness.

He told her he felt ‘com­fort­able’ in Manch­ester, and con­tin­ued to refuse even when his mother threat­ened to stop send­ing him money. In 2017, Normawati re­ceived a call from GMP to say her son had been ar­rested for a ‘se­ri­ous crime’ and was in the hos­pi­tal.

“I was ter­ri­fied,” she told The Sun­day Times. “I thought he might have been robbed or had a fa­tal fight with a rob­ber. He is not the type of boy who likes to fight.”

Si­naga had been beaten by one of his teenage vic­tims af­ter they woke up to find him rap­ing them. His mother flew to be by his side in hos­pi­tal. She said she felt an­gry see­ing him in that state and ques­tioned whether his vic­tim had made the whole thing up. It was this in­ci­dent that led to his ar­rest.

Even now, de­spite his con­vic­tions, Si­naga still de­nies any wrong­do­ing.

He claimed his vic­tims had all pre­tended to be asleep as part of his sex­ual fan­tasy and agreed to be filmed.

Reyn­hard Si­naga

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