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Both victims in murder case were Indonesian

By Associated Press
 Both victims in murder case were Indonesian

Rurik George Caton Jutting, right, is escorted by a police officer in an police van before appearing in a court in Hong Kong Nov 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Apple Daily)

HONG KONG - Both victims in a double murder case that has shocked Hong Kong were Indonesian women, and one of the victims was frequenting a nightlife district on a lapsed domestic worker visa, an Indonesian consulate official said Tuesday.

Consulate spokesman Sam Aryadi confirmed one of the women found dead in an upscale apartment over the weekend was 29-year-old Seneng Mujiasih, who had come as a domestic worker from the city of Muna on Sulawesi island.

Hong Kong police had earlier identified the other woman as Sumarti Ningsih, whom Aryadi said Monday was a 25-year-old Indonesian woman from central Java. Ningsih, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase, had gone by the Filipino-sounding alias of Jesse Lorena Ruri while spending time in Hong Kong's Wan Chai nightlife district, he said. She was in the city on a tourist visa valid until Nov 3.

The two women appeared to be among the thousands of migrant workers drawn to Hong Kong, one of Asia's biggest financial hubs, looking for better pay. About half of the 319,325 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong are Indonesian and nearly all are women, according to a report by human rights group Amnesty International.

Police have charged British banker Rurik George Caton Jutting with killing the two women.

Jutting's Facebook page showed a picture apparently taken from the balcony of his luxury Hong Kong apartment where the body of Ningsih was found stuffed into a suitcase. All the friends commenting on the photo were young Asian women, mostly with Filipino names.

The consulate was arranging for the bodies of both women to be sent home for burial.

"Both of the women came from small cities,'' Aryadi said. "We are working to have them sent back to their families.''

Jutting is expected to cooperate with police in a reconstruction of the crime at the apartment on Friday.

The suspect is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he was secretary of the university's history society. He worked in structured equity finance and trading for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong since July 2013.

He had his securities licences sponsored by Bank of America Corp cancelled around the time the first victim was killed, records with the city's regulators show.

A charge sheet read out when Rurik Jutting appeared in court on Monday said one woman was killed on Oct. 27 and the second on Nov. 1.

Bank of America declined to comment on the licences. The bank has previously said Jutting, 29, was an employee until recently but it has not said why he left or given any timeframe.

Jutting held licences sponsored by the US bank from Oct 7, 2013, through Oct 28, 2014, according to the website of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).

His licences with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority began on Nov 7, 2013 and ended on Oct 27, 2014, its website showed.

Such licences are mandatory for any financial professional to operate in Hong Kong.

A LinkedIn account under Jutting's name said he had worked in structured equity finance and trading at Bank of America in Hong Kong since July 2013. Before that, he had worked in the same department but in London.

Over the weekend, the SFC website had shown that Jutting still had active securities licences. Sharon Lau, an official at the regulator, said changes can take some days to be reflected.

    The SFC did not respond to a request for details on when it received the application to cancel Jutting's licences.

    A spokesperson for the monetary authority, Hong Kong's defacto central bank, said it did not comment on individual cases.


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