Hong Kong jury shown ‘ tor­ture’ video

> Bri­tish banker on trial for mur­der of two In­done­sians

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HONG KONG: Jurors in the mur­der trial of Bri­tish banker Rurik Jut­ting viewed har­row­ing mo­bile phone footage yes­ter­day show­ing his at­tacks on an In­done­sian wo­man whose de­cay­ing body was later found in a suit­case in his Hong Kong flat.

Jut­ting, 31, is stand­ing trial for the mur­ders of two In­done­sian women, both of whom were killed in his lux­ury apart­ment two years ago.

The for­mer se­cu­ri­ties trader for Bank of Amer­ica-Mer­rill Lynch pleaded “not guilty” to the two mur­der charges Mon­day, on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity.

He pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter, which was re­jected by the pros­e­cu­tion.

Jurors watched around 20 min­utes of footage of Jut­ting at­tack­ing the first vic­tim, Su­marti Ningsih, 23, who pros­e­cu­tors said was tor­tured for three days af­ter she ar­rived at his flat on Oct 25, 2014. Jut­ting had of­fered her money for sex. Re­porters in court did not view the dis­turb­ing footage, which was shown on in­di­vid­ual screens to jurors, but were able to hear the au­dio.

“Do you want me to hit you? If you say yes, I hit you once. If you say no I hit you twice,” Jut­ting was heard to say.

“If you scream I will punch you, you un­der­stand?”

Jut­ting re­peat­edly asked Su­marti if she loved him. The only sound from Su­marti in the video was a muted squeal, ac­cord­ing to an AFP re­porter in court.

The pros­e­cu­tion then showed a num­ber of clips of a top­less and rant­ing Jut­ting talk­ing to the cam­era af­ter he had killed her.

The court heard on Mon­day he had cut her neck with a ser­rated knife in the shower af­ter forc­ing her to lick a toi­let bowl.

“About five min­utes (ago) I just killed, mur­dered this wo­man,” Jut­ting said in the footage. “I’ve done a lot of coke”, he said. “I’ve tor­tured her badly.”

The start of the footage showed a brief glimpse of Su­marti’s body ly­ing awk­wardly in the shower.

“Three days of tor­ture, rape and men­tally bru­talised,” he said. “I’ve never seen any­one that scared.” He had used pli­ers, sex toys and a belt in the at­tacks, the court heard.

He said the sense of dom­i­nance was “ad­dic­tive”.

“I feel a bit sad be­cause she was a good per­son, but I don’t re­ally feel guilty,” he said in the footage. – AFP

Po­lice guard the en­trance as a prison van car­ry­ing Jut­ting en­ters the court yes­ter­day.

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