Banker in court over HK murders
A British banker accused of murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong has made a brief appearance in court, where his case has been adjourned for five weeks.
Rurik Jutting, originally from Cobham, Surrey, is charged with the murders of Sumarti Ningsih on October 27 and and Seneng Mujiasih on November 1.
Asked if he understood an updated list of charges, which had been amended to include Ms Mujiasih's name, the 30-year-old answered "I do".
Jutting did not enter a plea during the short hearing at Eastern Magistrates' Court in the former British colony.
The bodies of the two young women were found at Jutting's 31st floor apartment in the Wan Chai nightlife and red light district on November 1.
Police had been called to the property on Halloween night and first found 29-year-old Ms Mujiasih with wounds to her throat and buttocks. She died a short time later. The body of Ms Ningsih, 23, was found in a suitcase.
Cambridge-educated Jutting, who worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, was ruled mentally fit to stand trial for the murders after undergoing psychiatric tests.
Jutting moved to Hong Kong from London in July 2013 and is understood to have quit his highly-paid job in the days before the incident.
Before leaving, an automatic response for his email account read: "I am out of the office. Indefinitely. For urgent enquiries, or indeed any enquiries, please contact someone who is not an insane psychopath. For escalation please contact God, though suspect the devil will have custody (Last line only really worked if I had followed through)."
The case has been adjourned until May 8.