Rurik Jutting loses appeal over ‘horrifying’ murders of women at Hong Kong apartment

Chloe Chaplain
Rurik Jutting: The killer was been jailed for life for the crimes: REUTERS

A British banker and former Cambridge student has lost his appeal against his convictions for the “horrifying” murders of two Indonesian women at his Hong Kong apartment.

Rurik Jutting "abused and tortured" Sumarti Ningsih over several days prior to her death in October 2014, with her body found in a suitcase on the balcony of his property.

The body of his second victim - Seneng Mujiasih - was found in a pool of blood in the living room, her throat having been cut.

Jutting, originally from Surrey, was handed a mandatory life sentence for the murders, described by Judge Michael Stuart-Moore as "one of the most horrifying murder cases to come to the courts in Hong Kong".

The Cambridge graduate who worked for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch sought to appeal against his conviction, arguing the trial judge had misled the jury on points relating to his defence of diminished responsibility.

But Appeal Court judges in Hong Kong said there was "no merit" in the grounds of appeal and dismissed the application.

Rurik Jutting recorded descriptions of his crimes (AFP/Getty Images)

"We are satisfied that the judge's directions correctly applied the law to the evidence adduced at trial," the ruling said.

Jutting moved to Hong Kong from London in July 2013 and is understood to have quit his highly paid job in the days before the deaths.

The then 31-year-old had admitted the manslaughter of 23-year-old Ms Ningsih and Ms Mujiasih, 26, with his representatives saying he suffered from four mental disorders: alcohol abuse, cocaine abuse, sexual sadism disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.

At his sentencing hearing, Judge Stuart-Moore said: "During this trial, we have been made to dredge the very depths of depravity through the defendant's descriptions of what he did during the three days of torture which he subjected his first victim to. That is Sumarti Ningsih and that is also before he killed her.

"He used cocaine and alcohol to fuel his sadistic fantasies, which he then turned into reality.

"At various points in monologues which he recorded on his iPhone, where he described some of the repulsive things he had forced his first victim to do, he described himself as evil and a monster, and neither description is adequate to bring home the true horror of what he did to that woman."

Rurik Jutting flanked by police after his arrest on murder charges

Jutting recorded his thoughts about the first killing on his iPhone, saying he had enjoyed the experience and later told police he realised it was not going to be a one-off thing, court documents said.

The judge said: "His confessions, both on the iPhone and to the police, were more in the nature of a boast, as if he were proud of what he had done, and in his monologues he hints at wanting the world to know what he had done.

"These things occurred at a time in the defendant's life when he was so morally corrupted by pornography and drugs and alcohol and a general life of debauchery, with a huge salary to fund his deprivations.

"But, in the end, nothing short of a sadistic torturing of victims and killing of young women for the sheer enjoyment that it gave to himself could satisfy his sexual desires."

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