Former Hampshire college student facing life in jail for Hong Kong murders

A former Hampshire college student is facing life in jail after being convicted of torturing and murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 9:33 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:02 pm
Jurik Jutting escorted in a prison bus to a court in Hong Kong. Picture: AP Photo/Vincent Yu

British banker Rurik Jutting, who attended Winchester College, was found guilty by a nine-person jury at the High Court after a two-week trial in a gruesome case which shocked the Chinese financial hub.

Details of the killings of 23-year-old Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, in 2014 which emerged during the hearing highlighted Hong Kong's significant inequality as well as the decadent lifestyles of some members of the former British colony's expatriate elite.

Jutting faces a mandatory life sentence.

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Jurors were shown graphic smartphone video clips filmed byJutting in which he tortured Ms Sumarti while using cocaine before slitting her throat. He then stuffed her body inside a suitcase that he left on the balcony of his luxury apartment near Hong Kong's famous Wan Chai red-light district.

He killed Ms Seneng three days later.

Jutting had denied murder and attempted to plead guilty to manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility. Prosecutors rejected that argument but the jury could have considered it on its own.

The Cambridge University graduate was working at the Hong Kong office of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in structured equity finance and trading at the time of the killings.

He had offered both women large sums of money to go to his apartment to have sex.

Ms Seneng was in Hong Kong on a tourist visa after an earlier stay as a foreign maid. Ms Sumarti was officially on a maid visa but was working at a bar. They were among Hong Kong's more than 300,000 migrant domestic workers, most of them women from Indonesia or the Philippines.

In a statement Jutting's lawyer asked to be read into the court record, the 31-year-old apologised and accepted the verdicts as 'just and appropriate punishment'.

He also said he was haunted by his actions and the pain he had caused to the women's loved ones.