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British banker details killings of 2 women

By Reuters

British banker details killings of 2 women
Barrister Tim Owen (left) and lawyer Michael Vidler (center), defending former British banker Rurik Jutting (not seen), 31, leave the High Court during a break for lunch in Hong Kong on Oct 24, 2016, on the first day of what is the city's biggest murder case for years. (ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

HONG KONG - British banker Rurik Jutting calmly detailed to police his cocaine-fuelled descent into a torture and killing binge that ended in the deaths of two Indonesian women in his luxury Hong Kong apartment, according to videos shown in court on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Cambridge graduate told police that six weeks after he started buying cocaine directly from a dealer, he was vastly indulging in the drug, as well as alcohol and paid sex.

On the third day of his murder trial, the prosecution said Jutting was consuming 10 grams of 30-percent pure cocaine a day, an unbelievably high dosage. An expert toxicologist said in the courtroom around three grams could be fatal.

Jutting has admitted killing Sumarti Ningsih, a 23-year-old single mother, and another Indonesian woman, Seneng Mujiasih, 26, in his apartment two years ago.

Jutting said he didn't sleep in between the two killings, which was a period of around five days

But he has pleaded not guilty to murder on grounds of diminished responsibility, while pleading guilty to the lesser crime of manslaughter.

He explained in the video how cocaine made him feel sexually charged and led to him fantasising for long periods of time. He had tried cocaine previously but only fleetingly, he said.

Later in the interviews, when describing the first killing, Jutting bent over to show how he slit the throat of first victim, Ningsih, whom he previously met through a classifieds website.

"Initially I didn't cut deeply enough, I cut the windpipe but only a vein ... she was bleeding on the floor. Then I pulled her into my shower and used the knife to cut as deeply as I could and then she died within a few minutes," he said in the video that was viewed by a packed court room.

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Jutting filmed himself torturing and killing one of his victims, part of mobile phone footage taken from four hours of recordings in which he veered between boasting, remorse and describing the pleasure he derived from sexually brutalizing the women.

When describing the second killing in a video, Jutting explained how he met Mujiasih in a bar near his home and agreed to pay her HK$12,000 ($1,550) to go back to his apartment, just a few minutes walk from the city's red-light district.

He said he killed her within 20 minutes of her entering his apartment. Again motioning to the two officers present in one police video, he showed how he used his right hand to cut her throat and his left to hold her head.

"I don't recall how long it took her to die. I think at one point, while she was still alive, I went out onto the balcony ... I was naked and covered in her blood and lay on the balcony for some point of time," he said.

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