Sunday 15 December 2019

Hong Kong murders: Glamour model among accused killer Rurik Jutting's ex-girlfriends

Sonya Loretta Dyer, who sometimes goes by the pseudonym 'Sonya Milkshake', was dating Mr Jutting for 'several years' before his arrest this week

Sonya Loretta Dyer, who sometimes goes by the pseudonym “Sonya Milkshake”
Sonya Loretta Dyer, who sometimes goes by the pseudonym “Sonya Milkshake”
Rurik Jutting - charged with the alleged murders of two women in Hong Kong - and his former girlfriend were known for their extravagant spending habits and planned to marry
Rurik Jutting arrives at court in Eastern Court in Hong Kong (AP)

Katherine Rushton

Rurik Jutting, the British banker charged with murdering two alleged prostitutes in Hong Kong, counts a London-born glamour model among his former girlfriends, it has been learned

Sonya Loretta Dyer, who sometimes goes by the pseudonym “Sonya Milkshake”, was dating Mr Jutting, 29, for “several years” before his arrest this week. Mr Jutting was remanded in custody on Monday after a brief court appearance following the discovery of one woman’s decapitated body in a suitcase on his balcony and another who was lying naked with her throat slashed in his living room.

Rurik Jutting - charged with the alleged murders of two women in Hong Kong - and his former girlfriend were known for their extravagant spending habits and planned to marry
Rurik Jutting - charged with the alleged murders of two women in Hong Kong - and his former girlfriend were known for their extravagant spending habits and planned to marry

Ms Dyer featured in a number of racy publications, including on the cover of CandymagUK, which styles itself as an “urban glamour and lifestyle” magazine for men.

She has also appeared in a suggestive video for the magazine in 2010, in which she danced in a metallic bikini top and skirt, with milkshake poured down her face and cleavage suggestively.

“I’m keeping it sexy and keeping it funky,” she told viewers. “I’ve got the yellow banana milkshake. I’m also going to be pouring some strawberry milkshake over me, so watch as I get dirty.”

However, Ms Dyer, who is around the same age as Mr Jutting, added that she wanted to change people’s perceptions of models, and demonstrate that they are not “all slutty”.

Sonya Loretta Dyer, who sometimes goes by the pseudonym “Sonya Milkshake”
Sonya Loretta Dyer, who sometimes goes by the pseudonym “Sonya Milkshake”

“People have got the wrong impression about me but I think from doing this I might be able to change people’s minds about models," she said in an accompanying interview. "It’s important for me to be vocal about who I am, to show people that models aren’t all slutty and we’re not always at the club every night.

“You can be an intelligent, spiritual and well-rounded woman. And that’s inspiring for other girls to look up to.”

Ms Dyer was brought up in London by Jamaican parents who she described as “very cultured”.

 It is not clear exactly when she dated Mr Jutting, a University of Cambridge graduate. Photographs of the pair of them together show the British banker looking much slimmer than he did on Monday in court, but Ms Dyer’s modeling agent confirmed that she had been in a relationship with Mr Jutting for several years, and that it had been “recent”. Last night he was inviting bids for exclusive access to interview Ms Dyer.

The Telegraph revealed on Monday that Mr Jutting also had a relationship with a fellow trader, Sarah Butt, whom he met in 2010 when they were both working at Barclays. However, the relationship crumbled when she went on secondment to New York and kissed another man, it is claimed.

The couple tried to patch up their differences and became engaged. Mr Jutting even bought a ring, sources said. But the relationship had been irreparably damaged and ended soon after that.

Miss Butt was born in Bury, Lancs, where her parents still live. One of three siblings, she attended the local grammar school and Imperial College London, working briefly at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers before joining Barclays Capital.

She subsequently joined Goldman Sachs and spent about 12 months working in New York before returning to London, where she works as an associate on European special situations.

She was said to be shaken by the news of her former fiancé’s alleged killing spree. A source said: “She’s very upset. It’s a lot to take in.”

Goldman Sachs declined to comment.

Police were called to Mr Jutting’s 31st-floor apartment in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district at 3.42am on Saturday and found the privately educated Briton talking “delirious nonsense”, according to Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper. One of the victims was still alive despite knife wounds to her throat and buttocks but died a short time later. The second body was found eight hours later, bound and stuffed in a suitcase on the balcony.

Mr Jutting had been in Hong Kong since July 2013, having transferred from Merrill Lynch’s London office. Before that, he worked for the controversial Barclays division called Structured Capital Markets, which helped clients to avoid tax. It was closed last year.

Mr Jutting had quit his job just days before the alleged murders and apparently set up an out-of-office email referring to himself as an “insane psychopath” and hinting that he had intended to kill himself.

The message read: “I am out of the office. Indefinitely. For urgent inquiries, or indeed any inquiries, 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).”

During a brief appearance before magistrates on Monday, Mr Jutting, who was unshaven and dressed in black, appeared calm and drummed his fingers on his chest. When asked if he understood each of the two charges, he said “I do”.

He declined to enter a plea.

The judge granted his request to be remanded to prison detention rather than police custody, until his next appearance on Nov 10. The victims, both Indonesian, were named by local media as Jesse Lorena, 32, and Sumarti Ningshi, 25. Police believe one of the women had been dead for at least five days.

Telegraph.co.uk

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