Jurors in the trial of a British banker accused of murdering two women in Hong Kong in 2014 have been shown footage from his smartphone in which he admits to the rape, torture and killing of one of the women.
On day two of Rurik Jutting’s trial, jurors at the former British colony’s high court were shown shocking excerpts of mobile phone footage filmed by the defendant.
“My name is Rurik Jutting. About five minutes ago, I just killed, murdered this woman,” the Briton is heard saying at one point, in reference to 23-year-old Sumarti Ningsih, the first of his victims, who is lying on the ground nearby.
“It’s Monday night. I’ve held her captive since early Saturday. I’ve raped her repeatedly, I tortured her, tortured her badly,” Jutting, who is now 31, adds, according to Hong Kong newspaper the Standard.
On Monday, the court heard how Jutting had subjected Ningsih to three days of torture after she agreed to come to his luxury apartment in exchange for “a large sum” of money on the night of Saturday 25 October 2014.
The Cambridge-educated banker, who had worked as a trader for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, then have used a serrated knife to kill her before luring a second victim, 26-year-old Seneng Mujiasih, to his home, six days later, and killing her too.
On Tuesday morning, jurors were shown a graphic video of Ningsih’s alleged torture, followed by a rambling video message recorded by the defendant after her death.
“These are the actions of someone who really shouldn’t be in society,” Jutting said, according to a journalist from Channel News Asia who was in the courtroom.
“I feel a bit sad because she was a good person, but I don’t really feel guilty,” Jutting can also be heard saying.
The French news agency AFP said the video showed a semi-naked Jutting musing on topics including masturbation, drugs, prostitutes, and “dark fantasies”. He quoted from the television series Game of Thrones and was pictured inhaling a substance through a white tube.
Time magazine reported that another section of footage showed Jutting fantasising about kidnapping three teenage girls from a British school and turning them into “sex slaves”.
A transcript of Jutting’s filmed comments, published by the South China Morning Post newspaper, offered a glimpse of what appeared to be a profoundly disturbed mind.
“Some people may see this as the narcissistic ramblings of a murderer, which is true,” Jutting says, adding: “Obviously I’m clearly loopy.”
Later he goes on: “The narcissistic ramblings of Rurik Jutting, Rurik George Caton Jutting. Former vice-president of structured equity, finance and trading at Merrill Lynch, newly unemployed and part-time rapist murderer.”
“I’ve killed two, the first one I tortured,” Jutting concludes. “There will be no redemption for me.”
In a statement, Ningsih’s parents spoke of how their daughter’s death had devastated the family. “We never imagined such thing could ever happen. Our life has been sunk into endless sadness,” they said, according to Time.
Entering his plea on Monday, Jutting admitted killing the two women, who are understood to have been working as sex workers in Hong Kong to help support their families in Indonesia. However, he pleaded not guilty to murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Tim Owen QC, a British lawyer defending Jutting, told the court his client suffered from a personality disorder.
The trial continues.