Friday 17 November 2017

Cambridge graduate banker appealing against conviction over Hong Kong murders

The murders shocked residents in Hong Kong, which has a reputation for safety (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The murders shocked residents in Hong Kong, which has a reputation for safety (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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.

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.

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.

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

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