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Rurik Jutting Accused Of Hong Kong Double Murder Has ‘Sexual Sadism And Narcissistic Disorder’

Rurik Jutting is accused of murdering two young Indonesian women

31/10/2016 14:48 | Updated 31 October 2016

A British banker accused of murdering two women in Hong Kong was allegedly sexually abused while he attended a prestigious public school, a jury has heard.

Rurik Jutting was also described as having the personality disorders of narcissism and sexual sadism by an NHS psychiatrist called by the defence.

Jutting, 31, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, with prosecutors rejecting his attempt to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

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Rurik Jutting has pleaded not guilty to murdering Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujasih in 2014 on the grounds of diminished responsibility

Dr Richard Latham, a consulting forensic psychiatrist with Britain’s NHS, was called to give evidence by Jutting’s defence, the Telegraph reports.

Dr Latham told the court Jutting was also suffering from the effects of cocaine and alcohol.

While he would not say whether he believed Jutting had mental responsibility for his actions or not, he stated the four disorders he diagnosed had substantially impaired his ability to control his behaviour.

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Forensic psychiatrist Richard Latham was called as a defence witness

Jutting’s defence lawyer Tim Owen, QC, claimed his client had been sexually abused while boarding at the prestigious Winchester College, the BBC writes.

He added Jutting’s childhood was further disturbed when his father attempted to kill himself when he was 16.

Ningsih and Mujiasih’s bodies were found in Jutting’s upscale flat near the city’s red-light district in 2014.

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Sumarti Ningsih’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase left in a balcony

Both women went to his apartment after Jutting offered them money for sex. Prosecutors said he killed both women by slitting their throats.

The jury had earlier been shown video footage of Jutting’s attack on one of the women, admitting he repeatedly raped her and “tortured her badly.”

The Cambridge University graduate addresses the camera, stating: “My name is Rurik Jutting. About five minutes ago I just killed, murdered, this woman here.”

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Tributes are left for Sumarti Ningsih, left, and Seneng Mujiasih, right 

Jutting worked for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in structured equity finance and trading.

The case shocked the former British colony, which has a reputation for being safe, while also highlighting the city’s extreme inequality.

The victims had originally come to Hong Kong as foreign maids. But Seneng had let her domestic worker visa lapse and Sumarti had returned on a tourist visa.

They were among the more than 300,000 migrant domestic workers employed in Hong Kong, almost all of them women from Indonesia or the Philippines. 

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