A British banker accused of murdering two women in his luxury Hong Kong apartment spent three days torturing one of them while binging on cocaine, a prosecutor said Monday.
The grisly details emerged in the opening of the trial for Rurik Jutting, a Cambridge University graduate who worked in the Hong Kong office of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. He faces life in prison for the 2014 murders of two Indonesian women — Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26 — who were found in his swanky home near Hong Kong’s red light district.
Jutting, 31, has pleaded not guilty and said he suffers from a “personality disorder.”
According to prosecutor John Reading’s statement Monday, Jutting offered “a large sum of money” to lure Ningsih, the single mother of a 5-year-old boy, to his apartment in October 2014.
He spent three days torturing her in “increasingly cruel” ways with sex toys, pliers and a belt, before finally forcing her to lick his toilet bowl with her hands tied behind her back. He then slit her throat with a serrated-edged knife, and hid her body in a suitcase, Reading said.
Jutting later filmed himself bragging about how much he enjoyed the slaughter and how he watched violent porn videos. The banker said in the video he “definitely could not have done that without cocaine,” Reading said.
Jutting is also charged with the killing of Mujiasih, who was working in Hong Kong as a foreign maid and accepted the banker’s money at a bar for sex. Prosecutors said Jutting grabbed Seneng and cut her throat after she saw a rope gag near his sofa and screamed.
Jutting ingested so much cocaine during the killings that he started hallucinating — and eventually called the cops himself, Reading said. In police interviews, Jutting admitted to his rampant drug use and to stalking “prey” at night.
The court is scheduled on Tuesday to show graphic videos from Jutting’s phone. Jurors were warned that Jutting recorded scenes of torture on his phone, and that the trial would feature extremely violent evidence.
With News Wire Services