Jutting jailed for life for ‘sickening’ HK murders
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