Two of Britain’s most prolific rapists set to find out if they will die in prison

Joseph McCann, 35, and Reynhard Sinaga, 37, both from Manchester, were handed 30 years in prison each but an appeal hearing this month could see them locked up for life

A pair of prolific rapists branded “psychopaths” after stalking Britain’s streets for victims could find out this month if they’ll spend their lives in prison.

The Attorney General’s Office referred the sentences of Joseph McCann, 35, and Reynhard Sinaga, 37, to the Court of Appeal on the grounds their original sentences were “unduly lenient”.

The two sick predators, both from Manchester, were handed minimum jail terms of 30 years each, though barristers are expected to argue they should have been given whole life.

A hearing is due to take place in October, reports the Manchester Evening News.

McCann grew up in the east side of the city in Beswick and was given one of Manchester’s first Anti-Social Behaviour Orders at just 14.

A judge called him a “classic psychopath” before handing down 33 life sentences in December 2019.

He was convicted by a jury of 37 charges including rape, sexual assault, kidnap and false imprisonment relating to 11 victims, who were aged from 11 to 71.

These offences took place during a rampage of appalling cocaine and vodka-fuelled crime over 15 days.

He abducted, raped and sexually assaulted victims in Greater Manchester and Ramsbottom, Bury, as well as Watford and London – with a resulting manhunt spanning the entire country.

Sinaga – Britain’s most prolific rapist – stalked the streets of Manchester hunting for victims.

Branded a narcissist and a psychopath by police, Sinaga lured dozens of men back to his city centre flat, where he raped them and filmed the attacks on two iPhones.

The details emerged during a series of trials at Manchester Crown Court over an 18-month period.

Sinaga was found guilty of 159 offences in total – 136 rapes, eight attempted rapes, 13 sexual assaults and two assaults by penetration.

He was convicted of raping 44 men and found guilty of sexual assaulting an additional four victims, and sentenced to life in January.

Detectives, however, have said they believe the true number could be far higher.

A spokeswoman for the judiciary confirmed on Tuesday that the challenges to McCann and Sinaga’s sentences, which were originally due to take place in March, but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, would be heard over two days on October 14-15.

Solicitor general Michael Ellis QC will argue at the hearing that McCann and Sinaga should both have been given a whole-life tariff for a litany of sexual offences, which he described as ‘some of the worst and most violent that this country has ever witnessed’.

The hearing, which will test whether a whole life order can be imposed in non-homicide cases, will also be the first time two separate offenders’ sentences have been challenged together as being unduly lenient.

McCann carried out a series of sex attacks in London and the North west in April and May 2019, just two months after the convicted burglar was wrongly freed from prison following ‘major failings’ by probation staff.

The sentencing judge, Mr Justice Edis, called him a ‘classic psychopath’.

Sinaga posed as a Good Samaritan who offered his victims a floor to sleep on or promised them more drink.

But the Indonesian student drugged men then filmed himself sexually violating them while they were unconscious, with many of his victims having little or no memory of the assaults.

Sentencing judge, Suzanne Goddard QC, described Sinaga as ‘an evil serial sexual predator’ and a ‘monster’.

Usually, judges passing life sentences set minimum periods before parole can be considered.

Whole-life orders are usually reserved only for the most serious cases of murder.

They mean convicted offenders will never be released from prison.

Only a small number of ‘whole life’ prisoners exist today.

They include hitman Mark Fellows, who gunned down Salford ‘Mr Big’ Paul Massey and Mr Massey’s close friend John Kinsella.

Dale Cregan – who murdered Greater Manchester Police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, and father-and-son David and Mark Short – is another ‘whole-life’ prisoner.

And Hyde doctor Harold Shipman was serving a whole-life tariff when he committed suicide in his cell at Wakefield Prison in 2004.