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'We are a good Christian family': Mother of UK's most prolific rapist insists son not capable of crimes

by Press Association
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The mother of Britain's most prolific rapist has said her son comes from ‘good Christian family ‘and she did not know her son was gay.

Reynhard Sinaga was financed throughout his UK studies since 2007 by his wealthy Indonesian family and his mother desperately wanted him to return to help run their palm oil plantation and refinery.

But the 36-year-old student refused, and he instead pursued his perverted desires and sexually violated 48 men at his flat in Manchester city centre.

Police believe he may have abused at least 195 males in total.

Speaking to The Sunday Times newspaper, his mother 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."

Mrs Sinaga said her son was a "quiet boy" who went to church in Indonesia every Sunday morning where she encouraged him to play the piano.

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."

The newspaper reported Mrs Sinaga 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."

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 - 136 counts of rape, 13 counts of sexual assault, eight counts of attempted rape and two counts of assault by penetration.

Loving Father,
Please comfort and care for victims of crime and enable us to be Your feet and hands and mouth as we minister to them in Your name. You are the Great Physician and healer of all. You create healing in our bodies, our minds, and our spirit when we are wounded. You redeem us through Your Son. By Your stripes we are healed. By faith in You we are made whole.

We pray for justice, healing, reparation and reconciliation for all victims of crime.
Help us to help the wounded, to take them to the Inn of healing, to bind up their wounds, and give them all they need to get better, instead of bitter.

Gracious Father we pray for the families and friends of those in prison, that you will provide for them and comfort them. Please sustain and heal the relationships that are fractured by separation. Encourage those who are in need to reach out and seek help and hope.

Father of Mercy, the secrets of all hearts are known to you alone. You know who is just and you forgive the unjust. You alone are the Almighty Judge and we, because of our sin, are not worthy to judge anyone. Your grace and mercy is sufficient.
Holy Spirit, we pray that offenders will ‘come to their senses’ like the lost son (Luk 15:17) and that you will give them a way of escape from sin (1 Co 10:13).
Transform them, renew their minds, grant them repentance and cause them to believe in you. Give them patience and hope in their sufferings, and bring them home again soon. Let them trust in Jesus Christ and live with hope.

Amen. 

- A prayer for victims of crime from Ray Metcalfe, the State Manager of Prison Fellowship,Tasmania 

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