Jury views ‘torture’ video in Jutting murder trial
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. –
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