British banker tells of cocaine-fuelled spree in videos
British banker Rurik Jutting calmly detailed to police his cocaine fuelled descent intoa torture and killing binge that ended in the deaths of two Indonesian women in his luxury Hong Kong apartment, according to videos shown in court yesterday.
The 31-year-old Cambridge graduate told police that six weeks after he started buying cocaine directly from a dealer, he had been vastly indulging in the drug, as well as alcohol and paid sex.
On the third day of his murder trial, the prosecution said Jutting had been consuming 10grams of 30%-pure cocaine a day, an unbelievably high dosage. An expert toxicologist said in the courtroom that about 3g could be fatal.
Jutting has admitted killing Sumarti Ningsih, a 23-year-oldsingle mother, and another Indonesian woman, Seneng Mujiasih,26, in his apartment two years ago.
But he has pleaded not guilty to murder on grounds of diminished responsibility, pleading guilty to mans laughter.
He explained in the video how cocaine had made him feel sexually charged and led to him fantasising for long periods. He had tried cocaine previously but only fleetingly, he said.
Later in the interviews, describing the first killing, Jutting bent over to show how he had slit the throat of Ningsih, whom he met through a classifieds website.
Jutting filmed himself torturing and killing one of his victims, part of cellphone footage taken from four hours of recording sin which he veered between boasting, remorse and describing the pleasure he derived from sexually brutalizing the women.
When describing the second killing in a video, Jutting explained he had met Mujiasih in a bar near his home and agreed to pay herHK$12 000(R21 500) to go to his apartment.
He said he had killed her within 20minutes of her entering his apartment.
Again motioning to the two officers present in one police video, he showed how he had used his right hand to cut her throat and his left to hold her head.
“I don’t recall how long it took her to die,” he said.
Jutting said he had not slept in between the two killings, which was about five days.
He instead took cocaine and read and watched extreme and violent pornography.
He said he had met his second victim in a bar where it was known that sex workers were available.
“She was prey – I was in a mode I can only describe as hunting,” Jutting said.
In the police interviews conducted on November 2 2014, a day after Jutting was arrested, he went into great detail over what had happened, politely relaying the course of events and appearing jovial at times.
Jutting, who also studied at Winchester, one of Britain’s most famous and oldest private schools, worked at Bank of America in Hong Kong prior to his arrest.
During the police interviews, he said he had resigned shortly after killing Ningsih, sending an e-mail to notify the bank.
Bank of America declined to comment when contacted yesterday.
Dressed in a navy blue shirt, Jutting appeared attentive during the court session yesterday as he listened to the videos.
Jutting is a former vice-president and head of Structured Equity Finance and Trading(Asia) at Bank of America.
Police said they had received a call from the then 29-year-old, asking them to come to his apartment, where they found the bodies.