A victim of Britain’s worst rapist discovered he had been attacked by Reynhard Sinaga when police turned up at his home and showed him photos.
Daniel says he instantly realised the officer calling at his home recognised him from pictures the ‘trophy rapist’ took after drugging him at his Manchester city centre apartment.
Sinaga is currently serving a 40-year stretch behind bars after he was convicted of 136 rapes, eight attempted rapes, 13 sexual assaults and two assaults by penetration, Manchester Evening News reports.
The charges relate to 48 identified men and all took place between January 2015 and May 2017.
But detectives say his offences span more than a decade and there are 206 victims of the 37-year-old in total – around 60 of whom are yet to be identified.
Daniel has spoken out for the first time in a new BBC2 documentary Catching a Predator.
He said: “It’s just horrible to see yourself that vulnerable on photos that someone else has taken.
“You can see that I’m comatose. It’s horrible to see. I look dead.”
The ‘psychopath’ student – described as a ‘narcissist and a psychopath’ by detectives – lured victims to his flat, drugged them with drinks laced with GHB or GBL and filmed the attacks on two mobile phones.
Most of the men raped or assaulted by Sinaga had no idea what had happened to them because of the memory-wiping effect of the drug he used to knock them out.
Daniel is the first of Sinaga’s victims to waive his anonymity to speak out about his attack.
He hopes that sharing his experience will encourage other rape and sexual assault survivors – particularly men – to seek help and break the silence.
“Some people say ‘I’d rather of not known’, but that’s not me,” he says.
“Unknown was harder than not knowing. Even though knowing is horrible.”
The Indonesian student, who studied at Manchester and Leeds universities, is the most prolific rapist in British judicial history.
He was first unmasked back in January 2020 following four trials at Manchester Crown Court.
Jurors heard he stalked and targeted lone men who had been on a night out and were heavily intoxicated by either drink or drugs.
He would then invite them up to his flat and pretended to be a good Samaritan by offering them a place to call their friends or get a taxi home.
But once inside, Sinaga would drug, assault and rape them, recording the attacks on two iPhones and collecting personal belongings as ‘trophies’.
Investigators found evidence of more than 200 victims, and many had no recollection of being abused until a police officer knocked on their door to tell them they’d been attacked and filmed.
Daniel was celebrating his birthday with his boyfriend and some friends when he was attacked by Sinaga at his apartment in Manchester.
He had been drinking quite ‘a lot’ and as they waited for a taxi Daniel walked up an alleyway to wee – what happened next was wiped from his memory.
He said: “That was it, I don’t remember anything after that”
Daniel next remembers waking up fully dressed on a stranger’s sofa feeling hungover.
“I just laid there for five or ten minutes trying to piece it together,” he says.
“Could not remember anything.
“And then I saw someone’s feet just walking around and I just froze and thought ‘oh god who’s this and what am I going to wake up to?’ and ‘just pretend to be asleep’.
“And then they left the room and I just got up and ran out the door.
“I just had this dread, you know. Like what’s going to happen, what is my fella going to say? How did I go missing?
“None of it made sense.
“The whole taxi ride home I just didn’t know.”
Daniel says his boyfriend – who had been calling hospitals trying to find him – had lots of questions about where he had been that he was unable to answer.
“I couldn’t explain where I’d been,” he says.
“And I did say ‘I feel not right. I feel like I might have had some drugs. Like someone might have given me something’.”
Despite worrying that he may have been drugged, Daniel says he never considered reporting it to police because he doubted himself.
“I just felt stupid I didn’t have a clue what had happened,” he says.
In June 2017 the rapist’s vile crimes eventually came to light when a teenager who had been lured to Sinaga’s apartment, woke from a stupor during an attack.
He beat the rapist almost unconscious as he struggled to escape and as he fled, he accidentally grabbed Sinaga’s iPhone 4 – a device which charted, in graphic detail, the poisonings and rapes of dozens of men.
The teenager called 999 and was initially arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent as Sinaga was found covered in blood and was slipping in and out of consciousness.
He was rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary by ambulance and couldn’t speak to officers until the following day when he asked for his mobile phone.
Officers retrieved a black iPhone 6 from under a bed at his flat – a device which also contained a cache of videos and images that led to Sinaga’s jailing.
But when detectives asked Sinaga to provide the PIN for his phone, he repeatedly gave the wrong code.
When he finally gave the correct PIN, the phone opened on a shocking video showing Sinaga attacking the teenager.
He was initially arrested on suspicion of a single count of rape.
But in the days that follow police searched his flat and found dozens of phones, driving licences, student ID cards, watches and a wallet – all belonging to men Sinaga drugged and raped.
As the sheer magnitude of Sinaga’s offending came to light, detectives had to identify the men in the videos, find them and explain that they believed they had been targeted by the rapist.
Daniel was one of those men.
“When the police [officer] turned up, I could see the way she looked at me that she recognised me,” he says of a detective who visited him to ask about images showing him in Sinaga’s flat.
“They showed me photographs,” he says.
“They showed me one of me lying on my arm and you could see my tattoo here. There was no denying it.
“One of the photos I said I don’t think that’s me….and then I looked again.
“It’s just horrible to see yourself that vulnerable on photos that someone else has taken and you can see that I’m comatose. It’s horrible to see. I look dead.
“There’s a bit of relief because you know what’s happened. Finally and you can make sense of it. But probably not the relief you want.
“I so wish it wouldn’t have happened.”