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Cambridge graduate banker appealing against conviction over Hong Kong murders

Rurik Jutting, a British banker, sitting in a prison bus arrives at a court in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
Rurik Jutting, a British banker, sitting in a prison bus arrives at a court in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
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A British banker serving a life sentence in Hong Kong for murdering two Indonesian women, including one he spent days torturing while on cocaine, is seeking to appeal against his conviction, his lawyer said.

A British banker serving a life sentence in Hong Kong for murdering two Indonesian women, including one he spent days torturing while on cocaine, is seeking to appeal against his conviction, his lawyer said.

Rurik Jutting is appealing on the grounds of "certain aspects of the deputy judge's directions to the jury", Michael Vidler said on Wednesday.

Cambridge University-educated Jutting was convicted by a nine-member jury last year in the 2014 killings of Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasih.

A migrant workers alliance group hold placards to protest the killings of two Indonesian women in 2014 outside the High Court in Hong Kong
A migrant workers alliance group hold placards to protest the killings of two Indonesian women in 2014 outside the High Court in Hong Kong

Jutting initially attempted to plead guilty to manslaughter but the judge rejected it, though he told jurors that they could still decide on their own between finding him guilty of murder or manslaughter.

The case shocked residents of Hong Kong, a Chinese financial centre with a reputation for safety, while also highlighting significant inequality and seedy aspects usually hidden from view.

A policeman directs a prison car carrying British former banker Rurik Jutting to enter High Court in Hong Kong, China October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
A policeman directs a prison car carrying British former banker Rurik Jutting to enter High Court in Hong Kong, China October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Jutting worked for Bank of America-Merrill Lynch while Sumarti, 23, and Seneng, 26, came to Hong Kong as foreign maids but ended up as sex workers.

Jurors viewed graphic video evidence Jutting shot on his iPhone of him torturing Sumarti and snorting drugs.

Traffic policemen block a street for a motorcade taking British former banker Rurik Jutting to High Court in Hong Kong, China October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
Traffic policemen block a street for a motorcade taking British former banker Rurik Jutting to High Court in Hong Kong, China October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Mr Vidler said arguments will be heard on December 12 at Hong Kong's Court of Appeal.

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