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Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 22:21

HK court sees chilling video describing torture

By Agencies
HK court sees chilling video describing torture
An Indonesian migrant worker holds up a placard during a vigil for slain colleagues Seneng Mujiasih and Sumarti Ningsih on the eve of the murder trial for British banker Rurik Jutting, in Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Oct 23, 2016. (TENGKU BAHAR / AFP)

HONG KONG — A jury in Hong Kong watched chilling video Tuesday of a British banker describing how he tortured and killed an Indonesian woman he met in a bar, saying he repeatedly raped her and "tortured her badly."

In an iPhone video he shot, Rurik Jutting , a Cambridge University graduate on trial in Hong Kong's High Court for the murder of two Indonesian women, can be seen shirtless in his apartment.

Rurik Jutting, whose trial for murdering two Indonesian women two years ago started on Monday, pleaded not guilty

The video was shown on the second day of Jutting's trial for the murders of Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, whose bodies were found in his upscale apartment near the city's red-light district in 2014. The case shocked people in the Asian financial hub, which has a reputation for being safe but also significant inequality. It also highlighted the decadent lifestyles of some members of the former British colony's expatriate elite.

The four women and five men on the jury clenched their jaws and, at times, diverted their eyes as they endured an opening 20-minute segment of the torture of Ningsih. Tears welled up in the eyes of one middle aged male juror.

Appearing topless, overweight and unshaven, Jutting appeared on camera, at times showing Ningsih's body, and spoke with chilling calm in a series of monologues that he described as "narcissistic ramblings".

While the video was not shown to the public in the courtroom, journalists covering the trial could hear the audio.

"I just killed someone, first person I ever killed, I cut her throat in the bathroom.. .to be precise I cut her throat while she was bending over licking dirty toilet bowl," he said.

Jutting, who had held a high flying job at Bank of America in Hong Kong before his arrest, at one point filmed himself taking cocaine as he explained how he tortured Ningsih.

"I treated her as a non person, a sex object. And that turned me on."

At one point he can be heard saying: "If you scream I will punish you. Understand?" That is followed by the sound of smacking and slapping, and later the sound of a woman whimpering. Jutting then tells her not to cry.

Bespectacled and wearing pale blue shirt, Jutting was flanked by three policemen as he watched what he had done on a video recording a judge said had been found on his iPhone.

Jutting, who had attended Winchester College, one of Britain's most prestigious private schools, shut his eyes, sometimes covering his face with his hand rather than look at the screen in front of him.

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He says on camera he held the woman captive and raped her repeatedly and he discusses how he felt no guilt or emotion after killing Sumarti. "I've always had dark fantasies" involving rape, torture, murder, he says.

Jutting, who worked for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in structured equity finance and trading, said he had earned more than US$1 million over the previous two years but had spent most of it on drugs and prostitutes. He watched the court proceedings from the glass-screened dock, showing no expression.

Sumarti had been in Hong Kong earlier as a foreign maid but had returned on a tourist visa. Mujiasih was officially on a foreign domestic worker visa but was working in a bar when she met Jutting.

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

Jutting, 31, has pleaded not guilty to murder, with prosecutors rejecting his attempt to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

At one point in the video, he holds up to the camera a small plastic bag apparently containing cocaine and a rolled up HK$10 bill. He is seen snorting the drug several times in the videos, which were filmed over six days.

The last clip shown was apparently filmed after he killed Mujiasih.

"I imagine this may be my last video, this just happened," he says in one, and then pointing the camera down to the floor, although it its too dark to see anything.

"I have killed two. The first one I tortured. There will be no redemption for me, but they are dancing with angels," he said.

DEPRESSED AT WORK

Prior to the jury selection on Monday, Deputy High Court Judge Michael Stuart-Moore warned potential jurors that if they were unable to cope with viewing extreme violence they should excuse themselves.

The defense and prosecution were largely in agreement over the physical evidence, Stuart-Moore had advised the jurors on the first day of the trial.

He told them that the outcome could rest on psychiatric and psychological testimony to determine whether it was a case of murder or manslaughter.

Murder carries a mandatory life sentence, while manslaughter carries a maximum of life though a shorter sentence can be set.

The women's bodies were found in Jutting' s apartment after he had called police.

Ningsih's remains were discovered in a suitcase on the balcony, while the body Mujiasih was found inside with wounds to her neck and buttocks, the prosecutor told the court.

Jutting, who spoke of his addiction to drugs and alcohol, also alluded several times to paying for sex, and referred to Ningsih as his prostitute. At one point he moved the camera to show his large belly and lowers it to glimpse his genitals.

"Killing her may have been kindness, living with that would have haunted her," he is heard saying.

As he prepared to hide the body in a suitcase Jutting questions whether he has a problem as he feels excited.

Soon after his arrest in November, 2014 Bank of America had said Jutting had worked there until recently, but did not say exactly when or why he left. A spokesman for the bank declined to comment when contacted by Reuters on Tuesday.

Jutting spoke of his role as the bank's vice president and head of Structured Equity Finance & Trading (Asia) and expressed "job depression."

During one section Jutting remarks that after killing Ningsih, he felt most guilty about not being in the office to close a "financing deal for a literally soulless project."

"Newly unemployed, soon to be unemployed, part time rapist and murderer," he says after musing over future plans to kidnap, torture and rape young girls.

The trial is scheduled to continue Wednesday and run for three weeks.

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