Monday 9 December 2019

British banker ruled mentally fit to stand double murder trial

Rurik Jutting, a 29-year-old British banker who has been charged with two counts of murder, sits in a police van as it arrives at a court in Hong Kong earlier this month
Rurik Jutting, a 29-year-old British banker who has been charged with two counts of murder, sits in a police van as it arrives at a court in Hong Kong earlier this month
Rurik Jutting
Indonesian women pray during a memorial for two murder victims in Hong Kong on Sunday. Rurik Jutting, a British banker charged with killing the two women in Hong Kong. Jutting did not enter a plea on Monday and did not seek bail. There will be another hearing later today
Indonesian women attend a memorial for two murder victims in Hong Kong on Sunday. Rurik Jutting, a British banker charged with killing the two women in Hong Kong. Jutting did not enter a plea on Monday and did not seek bail. A further hearing takes place today (REUTERS/Venus Wu)
A cousin, Jumiati (2nd L), and close friend, Susiati (3rd L), of Sumarti Ningsih attend a memorial for the two women found murdered in Wan Chai on November 1, in Hong Kong on Sunday. Rurik Jutting, a British banker charged with killing the two women. Jutting did not enter a plea on Monday and did not seek bail. The next hearing is due later today (REUTERS/Venus Wu)
A general view shows a high-rise apartment building, center left, where two women were killed by a British banker Rurik George Caton Jutting in Wanchai district in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Hong Kong police charged the British banker on Monday with killing two women, including an Indonesian whose body was found in a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment, authorities said (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Rurik Jutting, a 29-year-old British banker who has been charged with two counts of murder, sits in a police van as it arrives at a court in Hong Kong on November 3, 2014. Mr Jutting, who resigned from his highly paid job at the end of October, is due back in court today
Rurik Jutting, a 29-year-old British banker who has been charged with two counts of murder, sits in a police van as it arrives at a court in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have charged Jutting with two counts of murder after authorities found the bodies of two women in his apartment, including one that had been hidden in a suitcase on a balcony (REUTERS/Apple Daily)
Ariane Guarin with Rurik Jutting
Rurik Jutting, second from right in the middle row, poses for a school portrait
Rurik Jutting with Sonya Milkshake, a cover model for CandymagUK

Press Association

British banker Rurik Jutting has been ruled mentally fit to stand trial for the murder of two Indonesian women.

Jutting, 29, originally from Cobham, Surrey, appeared in a short court hearing in Hong Kong today charged with the women's murders after having undergone psychiatric tests.

A judge ruled he was fit to enter a plea and the case was adjourned until July after prosecutors said the government lab needed 28 weeks to examine more than 200 items of evidence collected from the crime scene.

Jutting, who spoke only once to answer "I do" to a judge's question, did not enter a plea and his lawyers said he did not object to the request for the lengthy adjournment. No trial date has been set.

The bodies of the two young women were found at Jutting's 31st floor apartment in the Wan Chai nightlife and red light district.

Cambridge-educated Jutting, who worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, appeared in court unshaven and wearing the same black T-shirt featuring the words "New York" from previous appearances.

Sumarti Ningsih, 23, was found dead in a suitcase at Jutting's flat in the former British colony's Wan Chai district last Saturday.

Police had been called to the property on Halloween night and first found 29-year-old Seneng Mujiasih with wounds to her throat and buttocks. She died a short time later.

Jutting moved to Hong Kong from London in July last year and is understood to have quit his highly-paid job in the days before the incident.

Before leaving he appeared to have set a sinister automatic response for his email account at the bank.

The email response read: "I am out of the office. Indefinitely. For urgent enquiries, or indeed any enquiries, please contact someone who is not an insane psychopath. For escalation please contact God, though suspect the devil will have custody (Last line only really worked if I had followed through)."

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