- Title: British banker jailed for life for 'sickening' Hong Kong murders
- Date: 8th November 2016
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (NOVEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF HONG KONG HIGH COURT SIGN READING (English): "THE HIGH COURT" PRISON VAN CARRYING FORMER BRITISH BANKER AND CONVICTED MURDERER RURIK JUTTING LEAVING COURT'S GARAGE AND DRIVING AWAY VARIOUS OF ACTING SUPERINTENDENT OF HONG KONG POLICE SIM KWOK MING (LEFT), STANDING OUTSIDE OF COURT ENTRANCE MEDIA FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUPERINTENDENT OF HONG KONG POLICE SIM KWOK MING, SAYING: "From the decision today, I see that justice has been done. The rule of law has been upheld. I would like to say thank you to the investigating team and the prosecuting team. They have to handle a large amount of disturbing evidence and their performance is really professional." VARIOUS OF COURT OFFICIALS PRESENTING BOX CONTAINING EVIDENCE USED IN JUTTING CASE VARIOUS OF POLICE PUTTING BOX CONTAINING EVIDENCE INTO VAN VARIOUS OF INDONESIAN MIGRANT WORKERS UNION MEMBERS HOLDING PLACARDS SHOWING TWO VICTIMS EXTERIOR OF HIGH COURT JUTTING'S LAWYERS LEAVING/MEDIA EXTERIOR OF HIGH COURT
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2016 10:39
- Keywords: Rurik Jutting British banker Hong Kong jail sentence Indonesian prostitutes
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA00157L35MV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A British banker was jailed for life on Tuesday (November 6) for the "sickening" murders of two Indonesian women he tortured in his Hong Kong apartment in what the judge said was one of the most horrifying cases the Chinese-ruled territory has known.
Rurik Jutting, 31, a former Bank of America employee, had denied murdering Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, in 2014 on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to alcohol and drug abuse and sexual disorders.
He had pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in a case that gripped world media due to graphic video footage seen by the jury and the brutality of the killings.
The jury unanimously found Jutting guilty of murder and he was sentenced to life in prison.
"From the decision today, I see that justice has been done. The rule of law has been upheld. I would like to say thank you to the investigating team and the prosecuting team. They have to handle a large amount of disturbing evidence and their performance is really professional," said Hong Kong Police Superintendent Sim Kwok Ming.
In closing remarks, the judge described Jutting as the "archetypal sexual predator" who represented an extreme danger to women, especially in the sex trade. He cautioned that the possibility of a repeat crime would have been very likely.
The murders were even more damning because Jutting had been given every possible material advantage in life from a very privileged upbringing to a great career and immense pay check, the judge said.
Jutting's lawyers have said he will apply to serve his sentence in Britain, the former colonial power in Hong Kong, where prisoners can in some cases apply for parole after a fixed number of years.
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