Accused ‘not in control’ during killings: expert
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. –
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.