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Hong Kong murders: Accused Rurik Jutting 'sexually assaulted' at school

Rurik Jutting, a 31-year-old Cambridge graduate, is accused of murdering two Indonesian women in his upscale one-bedroom flat in Hong Kong two years back Photograph: (AFP)

Hong Kong Oct 31, 2016, 07.48 AM (IST)

Rurik Jutting, a British banker facing charges of double murder, suffers from narcissistic sexual sadist and had been abused at school, the trial court heard Monday.

Jutting has been accused of torturing and murdering two Indonesian women, both in the twenties, in his upscale one-bedroom flat in Hong Kong two years back.

The 31-year-old Cambridge graduate had pleaded ''not guilty" to murder but guilty to a lesser charge — manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The prosecution later rejected the lesser plea.

The court also learnt that the murder suspect experienced bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Forensic psychiatrist Richard Latham, called as a defence witness, said Jutting had told him he was abused at renowned English private school Winchester College.

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Latham said his client was forced to perform oral sex at school. "He described it in a way that he was a victim of sexual assault," he said. 

Latham said people with narcissistic personality disorder had problems empathising with others and sought constant praise. 

"When that breaks down the consequence is dramatic," Latham told the court.

Jutting's penchant for torture, coupled with substance abuse and alcoholism, meant that his behaviour was "substantially impaired" when he committed the gruesome murders of Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26.

He tortured Ningsih for three days before killing her and cramming the body inside a suitcase.

Police found Mujiasih lying on the floor with grievous wounds on her body.

When asked by Judge Michael Stuart-Moore whether voluntary intoxication constituted a defence, Latham said the drive to take drugs and alcohol was "extremely difficult to resist". 

(AFP)

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