UK banker pleads not guilty to HK mur­ders

> Prose­cu­tor says one of vic­tims ‘tor­tured for days’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong court yes­ter­day heard how Bri­tish banker Rurik Jut­ting ( pix) tor­tured one of his vic­tims for three days as the trial opened into the killings of two In­done­sian women at his up­scale apart­ment.

Jut­ting, 31, had ear­lier yes­ter­day pleaded “not guilty” to two counts of mur­der on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity. He in­stead pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter. The prose­cu­tion re­jected the lesser plea.

The court heard Jut­ting filmed both women on his mo­bile phone and ju­rors were warned by judge Michael Stu­ar­tMoore that the footage was “very shock­ing”.

“The de­fen­dant even recorded part of the tor­ture that he in­flicted on his first vic­tim,” Stu­art-Moore said.

Su­marti Ningsih and Se­neng Mu­ji­asih, both in their 20s, were found dead in Jut­ting’s flat in the early hours of Nov 1, 2014, af­ter he called po­lice.

Prose­cu­tor John Read­ing said Su­marti was tor­tured for three days at Jut­ting’s apart­ment in Wan Chai – where ex­pen­sive homes lie close to a red-light dis­trict.

Jut­ting then killed her in the shower with a ser­rated knife, Read­ing said.

Su­marti, who was in Hong Kong on a vis­i­tor visa, had sex with Jut­ting on a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion at a ho­tel for an amount of money, Read­ing said, but had of­fered to re­fund half the cash to be al­lowed to leave early, be­cause he treated her vi­o­lently. She had re­luc­tantly agreed to meet Jut­ting again on Oct 26 when he of­fered her more money.

Af­ter she was killed, her body was wrapped in plas­tic sheets and blan­kets, and put in­side a suit­case, Read­ing said.

Jut­ting recorded footage de­scrib­ing how he had en­joyed the kill and say­ing he could not have done it with­out co­caine.

Late on Oct 31, Jut­ting met Se­neng, who was in Hong Kong on a do­mes­tic helper visa, at a bar and brought her home af­ter of­fer­ing her money for sex, Read­ing said.

Be­fore go­ing out to meet her, Jut­ting hid two knives un­der sofa cush­ions.

He had also bought a blow­torch, plas­tic ties and a ham­mer, Read­ing said.

“In one of his in­ter­views with the po­lice, the ac­cused ex­plained how he went out that evening hunt­ing for prey, and that Se­neng was his prey,” the prose­cu­tor said. Jut­ting cut Se­neng’s throat that night. When po­lice ar­rived af­ter Jut­ting called them, they dis­cov­ered her body in a pool of blood in the liv­ing room.

Su­marti’s body was found hours later in a suit­case on the bal­cony. – AFP

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