HK ex­pat pleads not guilty to 2 mur­ders

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Hong Kong

Tele­phone: Fax: Sub­scrip­tion: Ad­ver­tis­ing: Fol­low us on: Web­site:A Bri­tish banker was us­ing co­caine when he killed two In­done­sian women and then used his phone to film him­self talk­ing about it, a Hong Kong pros­e­cu­tor said as a trial for the 2014 killings opened on Mon­day.

The banker, Rurik Jut­ting, en­tered a plea of not guilty to two murder charges that were read out at the High Court, with pros­e­cu­tors re­ject­ing his at­tempt to plead guilty to the lesser charge of man­slaugh­ter.

Jut­ting is charged with the mur­ders of Su­marti Ningsih, 23, and Se­neng Mu­ji­asih, 26, whose bod­ies were found in his apart­ment near the Asian fi­nan­cial cen­ter’s Wan Chai red-light district.

In open­ing re­marks, Pros­e­cu­tor John Read­ing told ju­rors that Su­marti went home with Jut­ting af­ter he of­fered her “a large sum of money” on Oct 25, 2014.

Jut­ting sub­jected her to “in­creas­ingly cruel acts of vi­o­lence us­ing his belt, sex toys, a pair of pli­ers and his fists”, Read­ing said.

Af­ter tor­tur­ing her for three days, he took her into the bath­room and cut her throat with a ser­rated-edged knife, Read­ing said.

Jut­ting used his phone to film him­self talk­ing about the killing, how he en­joyed dom­i­nat­ing Su­marti and how he watched porno­graphic videos in­volv­ing ex­treme vi­o­lence. CANADAHe also said he “def­i­nitely could not have done that with­out co­caine.”

OnOct 31, 2014, Jut­ting took Se­neng back to his apart­ment. She was of­fi­cially in Hong Kong as a for­eign maid, but was work­ing at a bar when Jut­ting of­fered her money for sex, Read­ing said.

Af­ter they un­dressed, Se­neng spot­ted a gag made of some rope that Jut­ting had left next to the sofa and started to shout. Jut­ting grabbed a knife and held it to her throat, telling Se­neng he would cut her throat if she didn’t stop, Read­ing said.

“She con­tin­ued to strug­gle and shout, and he cut her throat,” he told the ju­rors.

Read­ing said traces of co­caine were de­tected in more than two dozen small plas­tic bags found in Jut­ting’s apart­ment.

When the clerk asked what his plea was to the two murder charges, Jut­ting replied “not guilty to murder by rea­son of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity, but guilty of man­slaugh­ter”, which the pros­e­cu­tors re­fused to ac­cept,© 2016 mean­ingth­eChina Daily tri­alon­the mur­derAll Rights charges Re­served­will pro­ceed. The judge told ju­rors that

Vol. 36 — No. 101000 they could still de­cide be­tween find­ing him guilty of murder or man­slaugh­ter.

A third charge was also read out, un­law­ful burial of Su­marti’s body, Amem­berofto which Jut­ting pleaded theAsi­aNewsNet­workguilty.

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