In Hong Kong Victim 'tortured for days' by British murderer

"The defendant even recorded on his iPhone part of the torture that he inflicted on his first victim," Stuart-Moore said.

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British banker Rurik Jutting sits in a prison van as he arrives at a Hong Kong court for a hearing in May 2015 play

British banker Rurik Jutting sits in a prison van as he arrives at a Hong Kong court for a hearing in May 2015

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A Hong Kong court on Monday heard how British banker Rurik Jutting tortured one of his victims for three days as the trial opened into the killings of two Indonesian women at his upscale apartment.

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.

The court heard Jutting filmed both women on his iPhone and jurors were warned by judge Michael Stuart-Moore that the footage was "very shocking indeed".

"The defendant even recorded on his iPhone part of the torture that he inflicted on his first victim," Stuart-Moore said.

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

Prosecutor John Reading said Ningsih was tortured for three days at Jutting's apartment in Wan Chai -- where expensive homes lie close to a red-light district.

An armed policeman stands guard after the arrival of a prison van (not seen) transporting Rurik Jutting to the High Court in Hong Kong, on October 24, 2016 play

An armed policeman stands guard after the arrival of a prison van (not seen) transporting Rurik Jutting to the High Court in Hong Kong, on October 24, 2016

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Jutting then killed her in the shower with a serrated knife, Reading said.

Ningsih who was in Hong Kong on a visitor visa, had sex with Jutting on a previous occasion at a hotel for an amount of money, Reading said, but had offered to refund half the cash to be allowed to leave early, because he treated her violently.

She had reluctantly agreed to meet Jutting again on October 26 when he offered her another amount of money which was not specified.

After she was killed, her body was wrapped in plastic sheets and blankets, and put inside a suitcase, Reading said.

Jutting recorded footage describing how he had enjoyed the killing and saying he could not have done it without using cocaine.

Hunting prey

Late on October 31, Jutting met Mujiasih at a bar in Wan Chai and brought her home after offering her money for sex -- they had never met before, said Reading.

An Indonesian migrant worker holds up a placard during a vigil for slain colleagues Seneng Mujiasih and Sumarti Ningsih play

An Indonesian migrant worker holds up a placard during a vigil for slain colleagues Seneng Mujiasih and Sumarti Ningsih

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Mujiasih was in Hong Kong on a domestic helper visa, he said.

Before going out to meet her, Jutting hid two knives under sofa cushions. He had also bought a small blowtorch, plastic ties and a hammer, Reading said.

"In one of his interviews with the police, the accused explained how he went out that evening hunting for prey, and that Mujiasih was his prey," Reading said.

Jutting cut Mujiasih's throat that night.

When police arrived after Jutting called them, they discovered her body in a pool of blood in the living room, said Reading.

Ningsih's body was found hours later in a suitcase on the balcony.

Cambridge graduate 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.

The killings shocked the city of seven million -- typically regarded as safe and known for its glitzy skyscrapers -- and shone a spotlight on the seedy underbelly of the financial hub.

Jutting was deemed fit to stand trial following psychiatric tests and is being held at a maximum security prison.

Clean-shaven, much thinner than during his first court appearances, and wearing a dark-blue shirt, Jutting calmly entered his official plea for the first time on Monday, saying: "Not guilty to murder by reason of diminished responsibility, but guilty to manslaughter".

He pleaded guilty to a third charge of preventing the burial of a body.

Outside the court, a small group of protesters from Indonesian migrant worker organisations called for a "speedy and fair trial" and for compensation for the victims' families.

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