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British murder accused 'filmed' attacks in Hong Kong

Jutting, 31, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasih on the grounds of diminished responsibility but the jury at Hong Kong's High Court returned unanimous guilty verdicts after a 10-day trial. Photograph: (AFP)

Hong Kong Oct 24, 2016, 04.26 AM (IST)

British banker Rurik Jutting who is accused of murdering two Indonesian woman in his upscale Hong Kong apartment filmed the attacks on his iPhone, a court heard Monday, the first day of his trial.

Jutting, 31, had earlier Monday pleaded "not guilty" to two counts of murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He instead pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The prosecution rejected the lesser plea and jury selection began. 

As judge Michael Stuart-Moore briefed the jury pool at the High Court, he warned them of the graphic nature of the evidence. 

He said that Jutting "recorded on his iPhone much of what he did to those people", and described the footage as "very shocking indeed".

Seneng Mujiasih and Sumarti Ningsih, both in their 20s, were found dead in Jutting's flat in the early hours of November 1, 2014, after he called police to the scene.

Mujiasih was found naked and with knife wounds to her legs and buttocks, while the decaying body of Ningsih was found hours later in a suitcase on the balcony, according to initial police reports.

Jutting, a former securities trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, faces a three-week jury trial and life in prison if convicted on the murder charges.


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