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Rurik Jutting: Jury Shown Torture Videos During Murder Trial

'If you scream I will punch you, you understand?'

25/10/2016 09:17 | Updated 25 October 2016

A jury in the Hong Kong murder trial of a British banker has been shown videos of the attack on one of the victims.

In a video he shot on his iPhone, Rurik Jutting is seen describing how he tortured and killed an Indonesian woman he met in a bar, saying he repeatedly raped her and “tortured her badly.”

The Cambridge University graduate, who is on trial in Hong Kong’s High Court for the murder of two Indonesian women, can be seen shirtless in his apartment during the clip.

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Rurik Jutting is on trial for murdering two women 

“My name is Rurik Jutting. About five minutes ago I just killed, murdered, this woman here,” he says into the camera.

He also pointed the camera down briefly to show the body of Sumarti Ningsih, 23, lying face down in a bathroom.

Moments later the banker holds up his hand, which can be seen shaking.

In one video shown to the jury on Tuesday, Jutting is heard asking her if she loved him.

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

He says to her: “Do you want me to hit you? If you say ‘Yes’, I hit you once. If you say ‘No’ I hit you twice.

“If you scream I will punch you, you understand?”

Jutting is also charged with the murder of Seneng Mujiasih. The women’s bodies were found in his luxury apartment near the Asian financial center’s Wan Chai red-light district in 2014.

The case is expected to highlight the Asian financial hub’s inequality and privileged lifestyle of its wealthy expat elite.

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

When the clerk asked what his plea was to the two murder charges, he replied “not guilty to murder by reason of diminished responsibility but guilty of manslaughter,” which the prosecutors refused to accept, meaning the trial on the murder charges will proceed.

A third charge was also read out, unlawful burial of Ningsih’s body, to which he pleaded guilty. Her body was found stuffed in a suitcase left in a balcony while Mujiasih’s body had knife wounds on the neck and buttock, according to initial police reports.

While Jutting’s initial guilty manslaughter plea was rejected, the judge told jurors that they could still decide between finding him guilty of murder or manslaughter.

Jutting is a Cambridge University graduate who worked for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in structured equity finance and trading. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

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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