UK banker pleads not guilty to HK murders
> Prosecutor says one of victims ‘tortured for days’
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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