Jut­ting ‘deeply ad­dicted to co­caine’

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HONG KONG: Bri­tish banker Rurik Jut­ting, who is ac­cused of mur­der­ing two In­done­sian women in his up­scale Hong Kong apart­ment, was a co­caine ad­dict who had de­vel­oped drug-in­duced fan­tasies, a court heard yes­ter­day.

The 31-year-old has pleaded “not guilty” to two mur­der charges, on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Since the trial started on Mon­day, ju­rors have viewed har­row­ing mo­bile phone footage of Jut­ting tor­tur­ing his first vic­tim, Su­marti Ningsih, 23, for three days be­fore he killed her at his apart­ment two years ago.

Days later, he killed Se­neng Mu­ji­asih, 26, cut­ting her throat. Her body was found in Jut­ting’s liv­ing room on Nov 1, 2014, while Su­marti’s body was dis­cov­ered stuffed into a suit­case on his bal­cony.

In court yes­ter­day, pros­e­cu­tor John Read­ing said Jut­ting had be­come in­creas­ingly with­drawn and “deeply ad­dicted to co­caine”.

Footage from police in­ter­views showed Jut­ting say­ing he had started to take more co­caine at week­ends for six weeks be­fore the killings.

“I’ve had co­caine pre­vi­ously, but not in such a large amount,” he told police.

“When I started tak­ing it, it started bring­ing out long and ex­tended fan­tasies.”

Speak­ing calmly, he told police that he had killed the two women.

“These are the only two peo­ple who have been killed by me,” he said.

Jut­ting told police that he had met Su­marti on the web­site Craigslist.

He also said that he had be­gun to spend time at a ho­tel near his apart­ment for three weeks be­fore the killings, and had paid for sex work­ers dur­ing those stays. – AFP

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