A British banker was charged with the murders of two young women, after the Hong Kong police found the bodies in the banker’s apartments. One of the victims had her throat cut and the other woman was found inside a suitcase. The suitcase was found on the British banker’s balcony in his Hong Kong apartment.
The British banker’s name is Rurik George Caton Jutting and sources say he worked for Bank of America Corp. The American bank company said that they had an employee with that name but refused to reveal further details regarding the British banker.
Jutting was arrested Saturday morning in his apartment in Wan Chai, a Hong Kong district known for its busy night life.
Jutting said was looking disheveled, unshaven, with a black t-shirt and dark-rimmed glasses. He told the court he understood his charges and the brief hearing has been adjourned until the 10th of November. Jutting has not made any plea yet.
The grisly murders have shocked Hong Kong, where the homicide rate is very low. One of the victims, the woman found in the suitcase was Sumarti Ningsih and it’s said that she had been murdered on October 27. The other victim remains unidentified and said to have been killed on November 1. Both victims had neck injuries and one of the women was Indonesian.
According to government crime statistics, Hong Kong is a city with a very low homicide rate, with 14 homicides between January and June, in a city of 7 million people. The rate has gone down from 56 in the same period, last year.
According to the British banker’s LinkedIn profile, he started working at Barclays after graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2000, where he studied law and history. He was started working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2010 and moved to the offices in Hong Kong in 2013. Jutting was known to be a hard working employee and was well-regarded by his colleagues and employers. His work at the bank involved arranging margin loans for the bank’s clients. Jutting had resigned from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch last Monday.
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