Jury views ‘tor­ture’ video in Jut­ting mur­der trial

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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

Mr Jut­ting, 31, is stand­ing trial for the mur­ders of two In­done­sian women, both 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, on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity. He pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter, which was re­jected by the pros­e­cu­tion.

Jurors yes­ter­day watched around 20 min­utes of footage of Mr Jut­ting at­tack­ing the first vic­tim, Su­marti Ningsih, 23, who pros­e­cu­tors said was tor­tured for three days af­ter she ar­rived at his flat. Mr 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,” Mr Jut­ting was heard to say. “If you scream I will punch you, you un­der­stand?”

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

He had used pli­ers, sex toys and a belt in the at­tacks on Ms Ningsih, the court heard on Oc­to­ber 24.

In fur­ther clips, Mr Jut­ting spoke about mas­tur­ba­tion, drugs,

pros­ti­tutes, and “dark fan­tasies”, and quoted from tele­vi­sion series Game of Thrones.

The Cam­bridge grad­u­ate closed his eyes and shook his head at times when the videos were be­ing shown.

Ningsih and Se­neng Mu­ji­asih, 26, were found dead in Jut­ting’s flat in the early hours of Novem­ber 1, 2014, af­ter he called po­lice. Ms Mu­ji­asih was in Hong Kong on a do­mes­tic helper’s visa, while Ms Ningsih had a vis­i­tor’s visa. –

Photo: AFP

A prison van trans­port­ing Bri­tish banker Rurik Jut­ting, 31, ac­cused of the mur­ders of two In­done­sian women, heads for the High Court in Hong Kong yes­ter­day.

Rurik Jut­ting, 31, ac­cused of the for the High Court in Hong Kong

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