Date
11 December 2016
Rurik Jutting will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of double murder in Hong Kong's High Court. Photo: Reuters
Rurik Jutting will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of double murder in Hong Kong's High Court. Photo: Reuters

Ex-banker gets life term for double murder

A former banker has been sentenced to life in prison for the murders of two Indonesian women in his Hong Kong luxury flat.

Rurik Jutting was unanimously convicted by a High Court jury for the 2014 murders in Hong Kong’s red-light Wan Chai district, RTHK reports.

In a statement read out by his lawyer in court, Jutting said he was “sorry beyond words”.

Deputy High Court Judge Michael Stuart-Moore said he did not accept the apology, noting that the statement was the first time the Briton had expressed remorse.

He said the case “must rank as one of the most horrific murder cases to come before the courts in Hong Kong”.

Jutting, 31, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26.

He had offered to admit to a lesser charge of manslaughter on diminished responsibility because of his mental state at the time.

This was rejected by the prosecution.

Representatives also read out statements on behalf of the families of both victims.

“We were very devastated by the death of Sumarti Ningsih. This incident is a tragedy to our family,” the court heard.

Senang Mujiasih’s family said, “until now, the family [regrets] allowing her to work again. If she did not leave [Indonesia], she would have not died.”

A psychiatrist engaged by Jutting’s defence team had said he suffered from sexual sadism disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, and severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, according to RTHK.

Ex-banker pleads not guilty to murder (Oct. 25, 2016)

Hong Kong murder suspect worked in controversial tax trades (Nov. 4, 2014)

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