Jut­ting jailed for life for ‘sick­en­ing’ HK mur­ders

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HONG KONG: Bri­tish banker Rurik Jut­ting ( pix) apol­o­gised to the fam­i­lies of his vic­tims yes­ter­day af­ter he was found guilty on two counts of mur­der over the killings of two In­done­sian women in his up­scale Hong Kong apart­ment.

Cam­bridge grad­u­ate Jut­ting, 31, had pleaded not guilty to mur­der­ing Su­marti Ningsih and Se­neng Mu­ji­asih on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity, but a jury at Hong Kong’s High Court re­turned unan­i­mous guilty ver­dicts af­ter a 10-day trial.

The for­mer Bank of Amer­ica Mer­rill Lynch se­cu­ri­ties trader held Su­marti cap­tive for three days, tor­tur­ing her be­fore slash­ing her throat, the court had heard.

“This must rank as one of the more hor­ri­fy­ing mur­der cases ever to come to court in Hong Kong,” judge Michael Stu­ar­tMoore told the court.

He said Jut­ting’s crimes were “sick­en­ing in the ex­treme”.

“You go to prison for life,” he told the banker.

In a let­ter read out to the court by de­fence coun­sel Tim Owen af­ter the ver­dicts, Jut­ting said: “My ac­tions re­gard­ing the deaths of Su­marti and Se­neng, my ac­tions pre­ced­ing their deaths, were hor­rific even by the stan­dard of homi­cide tri­als.”

Jut­ting said he was “haunted” by what he had done and was “aware of the acute pain I’ve caused to their loved ones”.

“The evil that I’ve in­flicted can­not be reme­died by me,” the let­ter said.

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry be­yond words.”

Dur­ing the trial, jurors watched hor­rific footage of Jut­ting tor­tur­ing Su­marti in his flat, where he kept her cap­tive for three days be­fore slash­ing her throat in his bath­room and stuff­ing her body into a suit­case which he stored on his bal­cony.

Days later he mur­dered Se­neng, slash­ing her throat in his liv­ing room.

Both women were in their 20s and had gone to Jut­ting’s apart­ment af­ter he of­fered them money for sex. – AFP

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