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Hong Kong murders: Jury views 'torture video' in trial today

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 25, 2016, 03.33 AM (IST)

The jury hearing the murder trial of British banker Rurik Jutting on Tuesday saw the disturbing iPhone footage showing Jutting’s attacks on an Indonesian woman, whose body was later found in a suitcase in his Hong Kong flat.

Rurik Jutting is undergoing trial for murdering two Indonesian women in 2014.

The trial started on Monday and he pleaded not guilty to murder on grounds of “diminished responsibility”.

The bodies of the two women were found in Jutting’s upscale high-rise Hong Kong apartment. One mutilated body was found crammed in a suitcase on the balcony and the other inside the apartment with wounds on her neck and buttocks, the prosecutor told the court.   

The 31-year-old recorded the torture on his iPhone, Deputy High Court Judge Michael Stuart-Moore told the court on Monday.

Before the jury selection, Judge Stuart-Moore warned potential jurors that if they were unable to cope with viewing extreme violence they should not take part. He described the videos and evidence as "graphic" and horrifying".

He captured hours of footage filming himself discussing the murder, the pleasure he took from violence and also discussed whether he should turn himself in or fly to Britain, according to the prosecution.

The defence and prosecution were in agreement over the physical evidence, but the dispute may lie in psychiatric and psychological evidence provided by the defence to determine whether it was a case of murder or manslaughter.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)



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