Bri­tish mur­der sus­pect ‘sex­u­ally as­saulted’ at school

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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