Ac­cused ‘not in con­trol’ dur­ing killings: ex­pert

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRI­TISH banker Rurik Jut­ting was so con­sumed by his per­son­al­ity dis­or­ders and ad­dic­tions that he was not in con­trol of his ac­tions when he killed two women in his Hong Kong apart­ment, a psy­chi­a­trist told his trial yes­ter­day.

Mr Jut­ting, 31, has pleaded not guilty to the mur­der charges, in­stead plead­ing guilty to man­slaugh­ter on grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Cam­bridge grad­u­ate 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.

The pros­e­cu­tion grilled de­fence wit­ness Richard Latham, a foren­sic psy­chi­a­trist from Lon­don, as they sought to ar­gue Jut­ting was in con­trol of his senses at that time.

Mr Jut­ting had said he had de­cided to kill Ms Ningsih be­cause she might re­port him, which is a log­i­cal rea­son, pros­e­cu­tion coun­sel John Read­ing said.

“I sug­gest to you that he was in con­trol of him­self,” Mr Read­ing said.

Dr Latham ar­gued Mr Jut­ting’s de­ci­sions to kill were im­paired by his use of co­caine and al­co­hol, com­bined with sex­ual sadism and nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity dis­or­ders.

The psy­chi­a­trist said there should be a dis­tinc­tion be­tween Mr Jut­ting know­ing what he was do­ing and be­ing in con­trol of what he was do­ing.

Mr Read­ing ar­gued that Mr Jut­ting’s shop­ping trips to buy rope, a ham­mer and other im­ple­ments with which he meant to tor­ture Ms Mu­ji­asih, his sec­ond vic­tim, showed “sig­nif­i­cant plan­ning”.

Dr Latham said Mr Jut­ting’s be­haviour was likely driven by the de­sire to be in con­trol and cause harm for sex­ual plea­sure.

The psy­chi­a­trist said he was not sure whether Mr Jut­ting was aware of the ef­fects of co­caine and al­co­hol on his be­haviour.

“I think he was con­stantly push­ing him­self into un­known ter­ri­tory with the amount he was us­ing,” he told Mr Read­ing. –

Photo: AFP

Lawyer Michael Vi­dler (left) and foren­sic psy­chi­a­trist Richard Latham (cen­tre), a de­fence wit­ness for Bri­tish banker Rurik Jut­ting who is ac­cused of mur­der­ing two In­done­sian women, walk out of the High Court in Hong Kong yes­ter­day.

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