Date
17 December 2017
Rurik Jutting sits in the back row of a prison bus as he arrives at the Eastern Law Courts in Hong Kong on Monday. Photo: Reuters
Rurik Jutting sits in the back row of a prison bus as he arrives at the Eastern Law Courts in Hong Kong on Monday. Photo: Reuters

British banker HK murder trial ajourned until July

A Hong Kong court on Monday adjourned the trial of Rurik Jutting, the 29-year-old British banker who has been accused of murdering two Indonesian women, until July next year, Reuters reported.

The trial was put off as prosecutors needed time to prepare their forensic evidence, according to Reuters.

Jutting, who had worked at Bank of America Corp. in Hong Kong, was charged earlier this month after police found the bodies of two women in his apartment. 

Local media have described the two victims as prostitutes from Indonesia.

Prosecutors said they would need 28 weeks to examine the large amount of exhibits and other evidence. The next hearing would be on July 6, but could be brought forward if needed, judge Bina Chainrai was quoted as saying.

Jutting’s lawyer Michael Vidler said his client did not react to the length of time it would take.

“We just advised him that we’d be asking more reasons as to why it was going to be taking eight months. We’ve got that. In the end we had no objection,” Reuters cited Vidler as saying.

Jutting has yet to enter a plea.

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