British murder suspect ‘sexually assaulted’ at school
THE British banker accused of murdering two Indonesian women in his upscale Hong Kong apartment is a narcissistic sexual sadist who had been abused at school, a court was told yesterday.
Rurik Jutting, a 31-year-old Cambridge graduate, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The prosecution rejected the lesser plea.
Mr Jutting is accused of murdering Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, two years ago, slashing their throats after saying he would pay them for sex.
He tortured Ms Ningsih inside his apartment for three days before killing her and stuffing her body in a suitcase found on his balcony.
As the trial entered its second week, the defence said Mr Jutting suffered from narcissistic personality disorder and sexual sadism disorder, as well as heavy use of cocaine and alcohol.
He had also experienced bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts, the court heard.
Forensic psychiatrist Dr Richard Latham, called as a defence witness, said Mr Jutting had told him he was abused at renowned English private school Winchester College.
A report from Dr Latham read out in court said a boy had forced Mr Jutting to perform oral sex on him at school.
“He described it in a way that he was a victim of sexual assault,” Dr Latham said.
Dr Latham said people with narcissistic personality disorder had problems empathising with others and sought constant praise.
Dr Latham said Mr Jutting had described how he had become increasingly interested in torture, “culminating in dramatic and horrific acts”.
Mr Jutting’s disorders mixed with the consumption of cocaine and alcohol had affected his behaviour, he said.
“At the time of the killings his ability to control his behaviour was substantially impaired,” Dr Latham said.
The court heard how Mr Jutting had been unhappy at work in London and by 2012 was drinking heavily, consuming 84 units of alcohol a week – the equivalent of 14 bottles of wine.
The court heard that Mr Jutting had periods of depression and had considered suicide before the killings. In 2014 he was bingeing on takeaway food and had amassed debts, Dr Latham said in his report. –