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the most prolific serial rapist in british criminal history is sentenced to life in jail. reynard sinaga was convicted of 159 sexual offences — a phd student who drugged young men, raped them, and filmed his attacks. probably anywhere in the world is concerned, he is probably the most prolific rapist that has come through the courts. in the world? i would say in the world. certainly in the british courts. the judge described him as an evil sexual predator and a monster. also this lunchtime. vast crowds gather in tehran to mourn the iranian general killed by us forces — amid calls for both sides to show restraint what we have at the moment is a very dangerous tinderbox situation because both sides are fundamentally
underestimating the strength and resolve on the other side. paradise lost — a special report from the australian town of eden where families are fleeing from the bushfires. harvey weinstein in the dock: the trial of the disgraced producer gets under way. taking out lbws, taking out, bowled. cheering. sibley the best! a maiden test century as england pile the pressure on south africa. this is really heavy...and cool! and a golden night for british stars in hollywood — as they scoop a host of awards. alan shearer praises the use of the pitch—side var screen as derby beat crystal palace in the fa cup.
the most prolific rapist in british criminal history has been jailed for life, and with a minimum term of 30 years. raynhard sinaga was convicted of 159 sexual offences against young men, most of them rape. he was a phd student who drugged his victims till they were unconscious before filming his attacks. police say they think he had almost 200 victims and they've appealed for anyone who thinks they were attacked by him to come forward. thejudge described sinaga as a monster. you may find this report from judith moritz distressing this is reynhard sinaga as he wanted the world to see him. his social media account
is full of grinning photos of a student having fun. but sinaga has many faces, and behind the mask lies the truth. a depraved monster said by prosecutors to be the world's worst rapist. the total number of offences we have prosecuted is almost 160, over 48 victims, and as far as thejudicial process, probably anywhere in the world is concerned, he's the most prolific rapist that has come through the courts. in the world? i would say in the world, suddenly come in the british courts. —— certainly. night after night, sinaga would leave his manchester flat to go and find victims. he took advantage of living in the city centre amongst the nightclubs and bars, and he made the streets outside them his hunting ground. sinaga would often wait for drunk men to come stumbling out of this nightclub, and then and entice them around the corner to his flat which was just next door. he would offer them somewhere
to have a drink or phone a taxi and, on one occasion, it took him just 60 seconds to pick up a victim. more than 100 men made this journey, disappearing inside sinaga's apartment block. then, they would be offered spiked drinks and that was the last they would remember. unconscious, the men were raped on this grubby mattress on the floor. when they woke up, they had no memory of what had happened. sinaga would text his friends boasting of sexual conquests. they thought he was joking when he quoted song lyrics about using a secret potion of which one drop should be enough. but in fact, the drug wore off early on one man who woke up whilst being raped. he fought back and when the police were called, they seized sinaga's phone. they could not believe what they saw on it. the rapist had filmed each of his attacks. they found hundreds of hours of video. this is an absolutely unprecedented case.
looking at that amount of evidence is challenging in itself. that is equivalent to 1500 dvd films. we believe there is over 190 victims that have been involved with sinaga, and 70 of them are still to be identified, possibly. the men who were traced were given support at this centre in manchester to help them cope with the trauma of being told they were the victims of rapes they could not remember. some men found it very difficult to process, some men have been unable to function within a family setting and have had to leave home. some men have suffered with their mental health to the point where some men have been suicidal. how is it possible that someone could be assaulted like this and not know? you may have had alcohol, you may have had a drug, and you may have been sexually
assaulted, but there may not have been any physical injuries to see. and if you haven't got any physical injuries, then, you may not even suspect you have been sexually assaulted. reynhard sinaga prowled the streets for years before he was caught. his victims have said they hope he rots in hell and never leaves prison. he has never explained his crimes. the rapist considered a mystery as well as a monster. and judith is outside manchester crown court now — what did the judge have to say in sentencing? thejudge suzanne the judge suzanne goddard thejudge suzanne goddard qc described reynhard sinaga as a monster, and looking at him as he stood in the dock, she said he seemed to be enjoying the trial process , eve n seemed to be enjoying the trial process, even as he was standing to be sentenced. i found process, even as he was standing to be sentenced. ifound in process, even as he was standing to be sentenced. i found in court looking at him it was hard to get your head around the scale of his offending and looking at this slight, very slim, young looking
man, and to take in the fact that the authorities are saying here is the authorities are saying here is the most prolific rapist in britain. suzanne goddard said, you are an evil sexual predator, a dangerous, deeply disturbed and perverted individual with no sense of reality. we have only been able to bring you details of this case today because so enormous is the scale of his offending there have been four separate trials and it is only today we can report this at the end of the fourth trial. this prosecution has looked at the case of 48 of his victims, but that is by no means the total, in fact, we heard in court from thejudge today total, in fact, we heard in court from the judge today police believe there could be as many as 195 people. they have film footage of 195 men who had been attacked by sinaga. beyond that, it may not be
possible to know the total. the other thing we have just found in the last few minutes is the home secretary has said she extends her condolences to the victims of sinaga, but is now looking particularly at the drug involved in this thought to be g or something similar, and she has ordered a review into whether controls around those drugs are tough enough —— ghb. this case begs some terrible questions, how could it have gone on so long without this having been uncovered, and the judge so long without this having been uncovered, and thejudge here paid tribute to the bravery of the victims who have been able to come through the courts and give their evidence, and help bring sinaga to justice. judith, thank you. reporting from manchester. and details of organisations offering information and support with sexual violence are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call free at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 077 077.
britain has joined france and germany in calling for all sides to ease tensions over iran. in a joint statement, they urged restraint after friday's killing by us forces of a top iranian general. vast crowds have gathered in tehran for the funeral of qassem soleimani, and his successor has promised vengance for the killing. meanwhile, president trump has repeated his threat to attack iranian cultural sites if iran does retaliate. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james landale reports chanting. if you want an idea of how qassem soleimani was seen in iran, just take a look at this. hundreds of thousands in the streets of tehran today to mourn his death. the iranian general may have been seen as a brutal military
commander in the west, but here, soleimani was seen as a national hero. now, a martyr, after his assassination by the us. the general was often described as the second most important man in iran. this morning, the most powerful, the supreme leader ayatollah khamenei said prayers over his coffin and wept at the loss of the man who controlled iran's network of allies and proxy forces across the middle east. who has replaced soleimani —— the crowd called for vengeance and demand who has replaced soleimani as head of the elite revolutionary guard promised iran would remove us forces from the region. "god has promised to be banned solemani's assassination," he said, "there will definitely be some actions." in an address broadcast on satellite television, soleimani's daughter warned president trump that her father's
death would have consequences. "america and zionism," she said "should know that my father's martyrdom has led to a greater awakening of the people's consciousness and the resistance front and would bring about dark days for them." 0vernight, president trump return to washington from florida, promising a major retaliation if iran attacked us forces in response to the killing of soleimani. again, he threatened to strike iranian cultural sites, something that critics insist would be against international law. so far, the most significant action from iran has to been to weaken its deal to restrict its nuclear capability. but us and allied forces in the region have been put on standby for military retaliation that could potentially include attacks on tankers in the gulf. amid growing
fears of violent miscalculation. both sides are fundamentally underestimating the strength and resolve on the other side. the iranians have thought america just wants to get out of the middle east and is not committed long—term to the region and they can get away with their proxy wars. the americans have been predicting iran will come to its knees because of economic pressure, and the regime has held out. that is the danger we face. today the prime minister is meeting senior ministers and advisers to discuss the response. in a joint statement with his french and german counterparts, mrjohnson said there was an urgent need for de—escalation and called on all parties to exercise utmost restraint. in a moment, we'll talk to norman smith in westminster. but first, let's talk to gary 0'donoghue in washington. tough rhetoric from donald trump? plenty of rhetoric on the aeroplane
back from florida yesterday talking about attacking those cultural sites, talking about retaliating in a disproportionate way, explicitly saying the word, disproportionate. concern here that may put the pentagon, his generals, people in the theatre of war, in a significant dilemma if you like, being asked to carry out an order that this is a problem. however congress will try itself to pass a resolution that limits the president's ability to retaliate against iran without further congressional approval. the house is controlled by democrats. everyone in washington holding their breath, waiting to see how and when and where iran retaliates. gary 0'donoghue is in washington. 0ur assistant political editor norman smith is in westminster. this is the prime minister's first big international crisis. how big a challenge is it for him?
the truth is these international crises can develop into defining moments in terms of how prime ministers are seen. already boris johnson has faced it as is for his rather leisurely return from holiday, albeit his team say he was across events and in control, but be that as it may, he faces a daunting task in being supportive of the united states while at the same time desperately trying to restrain him from any further retaliatory strikes such as those against heritage strikes which the few in number 10 would be a breach of the geneva collection and potentially could make the president a war criminal if you were to go down that road. it is more than a challenge for boris johnson, but a challenge for post—brexit britain and how much influence we have in the world, not
just on the united states, but on iraq where it is clear we want british troops to stay and not be kicked out, and also on iran where we wa nt kicked out, and also on iran where we want the authorities in tehran to abide by the deal reached with the eu. it is potentially a pivotal moment notjust for eu. it is potentially a pivotal moment not just for boris johnson and how he is seen, but also for our post—brexit standing in the world. norman smith at westminster. there are fears that bushfires in the australian states of victoria and new south wales could merge to create a huge mega—blaze. light rain over the weekend brought a brief respite but hotter weather is again forecast, which is likely to make the fires worse. 0ur correspondent shaimaa khalil has been to the coastal town of eden south of canberra — where many have fled to escape the flames.
people in the fire zones finally got what they had wanted for me, some rain as respite. a breatherfor the firefighters ahead of hotter weather to come. but officials said the blazes would take off again. the picture in the fishing town of eden is different from it was at the weekend, this is what it looked like on saturday night. many people had left. 0thers stay, seeking safety by the water. eden became a makeshift evacuation centre when the fires came close to this town. people came here and shuttered in boats and cars and some in the open air to be close to the water. we have a role in the weather. the temperatures and the winds have dropped, we have rain which many people have been telling me they have been praying for but this is not going to last, authorities expect worse conditions later on in the week. that is really
the story of these files. there are more to come and people are living in limbo. —— these files. some people have left their homes not knowing if they will ever be able to go back. chris and richard are camped at the football ground, well but unsure and confused about what to do next. everybody who is here would lie if they said they were not scared, if they were not anxious in regard to where they are doing now. plus the uncertainty as to what happens when the fire does come through, how fast, because of the wind really picks up and comes over that hill, it will be coming like a fireball. it is just that hill, it will be coming like a fireball. it isjust a waiting game. what are you waiting for? for it to stop. it is notjust people being displaced because of the files. in one neighbouring town, jimmy the
koala bear has been taken from his usual home at a local animal sanctuary and is now on the back garden of his keeper's house. most of the animals here were evacuated ahead of the fires last weekend. some have already been brought back. they are agitated and stressed. if we have to evacuate again at the end of the week at least they have had a few days of respite. there are fears that nearly half a billion animals have been directly affected by the fires which continue to rip through the bush nine. the rain has given people the chance to pause and reflect, if only for a few days, but they are also waiting for what the next wave of fires will bring. our top story this lunchtime. the most prolific serial rapist in british criminal history is sentenced to life in jail.
and coming up — who will be labour's new leader? and how will the race be run? coming up on bbc news, a maiden test century for dom sibley helps england to a lead of 473 in the second test putting them in a strong position to level the series against south africa. the disgraced hollywood producer, harvey weinstein, goes on trial today charged with rape and sexual assualt. jurors will be selected more than two years after the allegations against him first emerged. some 80 women have accused mr weinstein of sexual misconduct —— but this trial relates to just two of them. he denies all claims of non—consensual sex. david willis reports. shouting harvey weinstein, formerly a fixture on the red carpet, was one of the most powerful men in hollywood.
brought to his knees quite literally by a slew of sexual misconduct allegations. hollywood's leading ladies have been queueing up to accuse the disgraced mogul of harassment and assault. just a bad boy who got caught... and this former british actress was lured to his hotel room with the promise of contacts in the film industry. i want him to be surrounded by a stink of disgrace so that nobody wants to get involved with him so that he never has the power and influence to prey on other young women. chanting more than simply upending hollywood, harvey weinstein‘s fall from grace spurred a global movement on the streets, in the workplace and online. the #metoo movement fostered a conversation of consent, equal pay and toxic workplace masculinity. the charges in this trial relate to just two of harvey weinstein‘s
accusers, but many of the more than 80 women who say they were raped or assaulted are also planning to attend. harvey weinstein may be the first to stand trial in a criminal court room, but he is by no means the only man to be called out by the #metoo movement. echoes of this trial and its eventual verdict will be felt in hollywood and beyond. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. well let's speak to nada tawfik who's at the court in new york. this trial finally getting under way some two years after the first allegations were made. yes, absolutely. this really is a pivotal moment in the lives of harvey weinstein‘s users, and for the #metoo movement which his downfall spark. some of his accusers are actually here today. they say they are picking up their strength to go
to the courtroom to see him finally face justice. they will be making a statement outside of the court room, and later this morning here in new york. they say they believe this trial is critical to show that predators will be held accountable. they believe that harvey weinstein isa they believe that harvey weinstein is a sexual predator and this will show that women who break their silence can actually see will change. so, a key moment for his accusers. here, otherwomen have said it isjust accusers. here, otherwomen have said it is just too accusers. here, otherwomen have said it isjust too painfulfor them to see this trial, so we have seen a different reaction, but it is important to remember that harvey weinstein is facing just a tiny fraction of the accusations against him in this courtroom. the outcome is by no means certain. this case has had a number of stumbling blocks. but, still, it will be closely watched by the entire world, as they see how the justice system handles this very public, very notorious case. harvey weinstein, for his part, says he is innocent,
that he has never engaged in nonconsensual sex, and he has tried to be cast as it recently in the public, giving an interview to a new york tabloid publication, saying that he is the victim here, that he has always been a champion of women in hollywood. his victims, of course, feel very differently. head teacher has appeared in court charged with murdering his wife and a new part of the house in derbyshire on new year's day. 39—year—old miss hancock is accused of killing helen hancock and martin griffiths who were found at their home in duffield, derbyshire. labour's ruling body is meeting now to finalise the rules and the timetable for the party's leadership race. so far, five candidates have confirmed they're running in the contest, following jeremy corbyn's decision to step down in the way of labour's election defeat.
0ur political correspondent helen catt is in westminster. what are they deciding today? they will be deciding some of the rules of the competition, specifically how long it will go on for and some of the things that will impact on who can actually vote. that may sound quite dry and technical but it could end up having a big impact on the chances of each of the candidates. you mentioned there are five people who said they will be in the running. they are, to recap, ella thornbury, jess phillips, keir starmer, clive lewis and lisa nandy. to get onto the ballot they will need to secure nominations from 10% of mps and meps and 5% of local labour parties or affiliated members pat much they are on the ballot it is a wider pool of people who can vote, labour party members but also people could registered supporters who sign up temporarily to be able to vote for the labour leader, and this meeting will be crucial in setting how long people have to do is sign up to do
that and how much they have to pay, so in 2015, the cost was just £3, and people had two months to do that. in 2016, it cost £25 and they had just 48 hours, so the nec has long latitude, lots of leeway, over that sort of timeframe, and the thinking is that a short timeframe will figure —— help a left—wing candidate, whereas a longer time frame would benefit somebody like jess phillips who will be looking to bring more members back into the party, with more people on board. england's cricketers have built a commanding lead in the second test against south africa in cape town. 0pener dom sibley recorded his first international test century as england set south africa a massive target of 438 runs to prevent the tourists drawing level in the four test series. our sports correspondent
andy swiss reports. under the shadow of table mountain, england found their own immovable object. in the fast and flashy world of modern cricket, dom sibley is a throwback to more watchful times. resuming on 85, he nudged his way onwards. while at the other end, ben stokes took a slightly different approach. with england in control, this was all south africa needed. stokes at his blistering best, as he walloped the bowling to all corners of cape town, catching practice for the crowd and 50 in a flash. by contrast, sibley was barely scoring, but eventually his seven—hour vigil brought a first test hundred. a triumph of tenacity and a moment to savour. stokes was fast catching him up, another barrage of boundaries before eventually falling for 72. by then, england were out of sight. even sibley throwing his customary
caution to the wind, finishing unbeaten on 133, after batting his team into a match—winning position. south africa's target, a massive 438, and england's bowlers were soon making life uncomfortable. was that leg before? not quite. as replays showed, it just grazed the bat. the hosts are battling hard, but with more than a day still to play, england will be confident that victory is still within their reach. andy swiss, bbc news. british talent has triumphed at the golden globes. the newly—knighted sir sam mendes got two awards for his first world war epic, 1917. the other big winners were the eltonjohn movie rocketman and phoebe waller—bridge's ground—breaking sitcom fleabag. 0livia colman was honoured for her portrayal of the queen in the crown. this from our los angeles correspondent, sophie long. it was the first major award ceremony of the season,
and the stars came out to shine. with ricky gervais hosting for a fifth time. if you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech, right, you are in no position to lecture the public about anything. you know nothing about the real world. most of you spent less time in school than greta thunberg. a standing ovation for eltonjohn and bernie taupin set the tone for what became a big night for british showbusiness. they won the golden globe for best song... taron egerton, rocketman. .. ..and taron egerton one for his portrayal of the rock star in rocket man, beating leonardo dicaprio and 12—year—old fellow brit roman griffin davis. i'm so honoured to be nominated alongside a bunch of legitimate icons and also roman, who is the sweetest kid,
and it was an incredible performance from jojo and i'm delighted to to be nominated alongside you, too. 1917. the first world war epic 1917 won the golden globe for best drama. sam mendes took the award for best director too. phoebe waller—bridge! there were two golden globes for phoebe waller—bridge and fleabag. this is really heavy and...cool! this... this really comes down to andrew scott, really, because that man... applause. there was a lot of talk about the chemistry of us in the show, but really, he can have chemistry with a pebble. it wouldn't have been a hollywood award ceremony without impassioned political acceptance speeches and it was that of michelle williams... i wouldn't have been able to do this without a woman's right to choose. ..which led to tears and cheers from women in the audience. she urged them to vote. applause
renee zellweger. best actress in a drama went to renee zellweger for her portrayal ofjudy garland. joaquin phoenix took best actorforjoker. once upon a time in hollywood! and there were three golden globes for quentin tarantino's love letter to this town, once upon a time in hollywood. including best supporting actorfor brad pitt. holy moly! these are the first major awards of the season and of the decade, and those going home clutching golden globes tonight will be hoping to collect golden 0scar statues to match in five weeks' time. sophie long, bbc news, los angeles. time for a look at the weather. here's phil avery. good afternoon. the weather at the weekend just sort of sat there across much of the british isles.