Bri­tish banker jailed for life for ‘sick­en­ing’ Hong Kong mur­ders Jut­ting de­scribed as ‘ar­che­typal sex­ual predator’

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A Bri­tish banker was jailed for life yes­ter­day for the “sick­en­ing” mur­ders of two In­done­sian women he tor­tured in his Hong Kong apart­ment in what the judge said was one of the most hor­ri­fy­ing cases the Chi­ne­seruled ter­ri­tory has known. Rurik Jut­ting, 31, a former Bank of Amer­ica em­ployee, had de­nied mur­der­ing Su­marti Ningsih, 23, and Se­neng Mu­ji­asih, 26, in 2014 on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity due to al­co­hol and drug abuse and sex­ual dis­or­ders.

He had pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of man­slaugh­ter in a case that gripped world me­dia due to graphic video footage seen by the jury and the bru­tal­ity of the killings. The jury unan­i­mously found Jut­ting guilty of mur­der and he was sen­tenced to life in prison. His lawyers have said he will ap­ply to serve his sen­tence in Bri­tain, the former colo­nial power in Hong Kong, where pris­on­ers can in some cases ap­ply for pa­role af­ter a fixed num­ber of years.

Judge Michael Stu­art-Moore agreed for an ap­pli­ca­tion to be filed, but said he would in­form the au­thor­i­ties in Bri­tain ex­actly what they would be deal­ing with and urged cau­tion against fall­ing for Jut­ting’s “su­per­fi­cial charm”. Cam­bridge-ed­u­cated Jut­ting, wear­ing a blue shirt, looked down and showed no emo­tion when the ver­dict was read out in an open court­room, packed with in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal jour­nal­ists. It took the jury, made up of four women and five men, around six hours, in­clud­ing a lunch break, to reach its de­ci­sion.

In clos­ing re­marks, the judge de­scribed Jut­ting as the “ar­che­typal sex­ual predator” who rep­re­sented an ex­treme dan­ger to women, es­pe­cially in the sex trade. He cau­tioned that the pos­si­bil­ity of a re­peat crime would have been very likely. The mur­ders were even more damn­ing be­cause Jut­ting had been given ev­ery pos­si­ble ma­te­rial ad­van­tage in life from a very priv­i­leged up­bring­ing to a great ca­reer and im­mense pay cheque, the judge said. “They are sick­en­ing in the ex­treme and be­yond a nor­mal per­son’s imag­i­na­tion... There are in­suf­fi­cient su­perla­tives to de­scribe what he did.” Ningsih’s 61-year-old fa­ther, Ah­mad Kal­i­man, said he thought the ver­dict was ap­pro­pri­ate. “I want to say thank you to Hong Kong’s le­gal sys­tem for what they’ve done,” he told Reuters TV calmly in his vil­lage in cen­tral Java. “I hope we can get com­pen­sa­tion to sup­port (Ningsih’s son).” Ningsih leaves a seven-year-old son. In a state­ment read out by Jut­ting’s lawyer, Tim Owen, Jut­ting said he was haunted daily by what he had done. “The evil can never be reme­died by me, nev­er­the­less... I am so sorry. I am sorry be­yond words,” Owen said, cit­ing Jut­ting.

Jut­ting, the grand­son of a Bri­tish po­lice­man in Hong Kong and a lo­cal Chinese woman, had ar­gued co­caine and al­co­hol dis­or­ders as well as per­son­al­ity dis­or­ders of sex­ual sadism and nar­cis­sism had im­paired his abil­ity to con­trol his be­hav­ior. The pros­e­cu­tion re­jected this, stat­ing Jut­ting was able to form judg­ments and ex­er­cise self-con­trol be­fore and af­ter the killings, film­ing his tor­ture of Ningsih on his iPhone as well hours of footage in which he dis­cussed the mur­ders, bing­ing on co­caine and his graphic sex­ual fan­tasies. Jut­ting ex­haled deeply as he walked out of the court­room, flanked by three po­lice guards.—Reuters

HONG KONG: Mi­grant work­ers al­liance group hold plac­ards to protest the killings of two In­done­sian women out­side the High Court in Hong Kong yes­ter­day. — AP

MANILA: Ac­tivists, in­clud­ing vic­tims of mar­tial law, march to­wards the Supreme Court in Manila yes­ter­day. — AFP

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