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'I tortured her, tortured her badly' - Hong Kong court sees chilling video of British banker describing killing of woman

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File photo of Rurik George Caton Jutting, a British banker charged with two counts of murder after police found the bodies of two women in his apartment, sitting in the back row of a prison bus as he arrives at the Eastern Law Courts in Hong Kong November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo
File photo of Rurik George Caton Jutting, a British banker charged with two counts of murder after police found the bodies of two women in his apartment, sitting in the back row of a prison bus as he arrives at the Eastern Law Courts in Hong Kong November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo
Police officers stand guard next to a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong (AP)
Michael Vidler (R), lawyer of British former banker Rurik Jutting, arrives with an unidentified woman at High Court in Hong Kong, China October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
A migrant workers alliance group holds placards to protest the killings of two Indonesian women in 2014 outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A motorcade taking British former banker Rurik Jutting to High Court in Hong Kong, China October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
A migrant workers alliance group holds placards to protest the killings of two Indonesian women in 2014 outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. British banker Rurik Jutting accused of the grisly 2014 killings pleaded not guilty when he went on trial Monday, in a case expected to highlight the Asian financial hub's inequality and privileged lifestyle of its wealthy expat elite. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A motorcade taking British former banker Rurik Jutting to High Court in Hong Kong, China October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
Police officers stand guard next to a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. . (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Kelvin Chan

A jury in Hong Kong watched chilling video of a British banker describing how he tortured and killed an Indonesian woman he met in a bar, saying he repeatedly raped her.

In the video he shot, Rurik Jutting, a Cambridge University graduate on trial in Hong Kong's High Court for the murder of two Indonesian women, can be seen shirtless in his flat.

"My name is Rurik Jutting. About five minutes ago I just killed, murdered, this woman here," he says into the camera. He also pointed the camera down briefly to show the body of Sumarti Ningsih, 23, lying face down in a bathroom.

Moments later he holds up his hand, which can be seen shaking.

"It's Monday night. I've held her captive since early Saturday, I've raped her repeatedly, I tortured her, tortured her badly."

He rambles on to the camera in several video clips, talking about doing cocaine and using prostitutes, in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Police officers stand guard next to a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. . (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Police officers stand guard next to a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. . (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Jutting, 31, watched the video from the glass-screened dock, at times looking down at a transcript of the video in front of him. He wore a pale blue shirt and appeared much slimmer than court appearances last year.

The graphic video was shown on the second day of Jutting's trial for murdering Ms Sumarti and Seneng Mujiasih, 26.

A migrant workers alliance group holds placards to protest the killings of two Indonesian women in 2014 outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A migrant workers alliance group holds placards to protest the killings of two Indonesian women in 2014 outside the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Their bodies were found in his expensive flat near the Asian financial centre's Wan Chai red-light district in 2014 in a case that shocked the city, which has a reputation for being safe but also has extreme inequality among its foreign workers.

The former British colony has a large white-collar expatriate elite alongside more than 300,000 migrant domestic workers, almost all of them women from Indonesia or the Philippines.

Michael Vidler (R), lawyer of British former banker Rurik Jutting, arrives with an unidentified woman at High Court in Hong Kong, China October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
Michael Vidler (R), lawyer of British former banker Rurik Jutting, arrives with an unidentified woman at High Court in Hong Kong, China October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Earlier, the jurors were played about 20 minutes of video in which Jutting is apparently torturing Ms Sumarti. The media and public could not view it, but were able to hear the audio.

At one point he can be heard saying: "If you scream I will punish you. Understand?"

Police officers stand guard next to a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong (AP)
Police officers stand guard next to a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong (AP)

That is followed by the sound of smacking and slapping.

Jutting, who worked in the Hong Kong office of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in structured equity finance and trading, pleaded not guilty on Monday to two murder charges.

Prosecutors rejected his attempt to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

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