Rurik Jutting, the British banker accused of murdering two Indonesian women whose bodies were discovered in his Hong Kong apartment, was on Monday ruled fit to stand trial based on results from his psychiatric reports.
Hong Kong Jude Bina Chainrai said that 29-year-old Jutting was fit to enter a plea after he’d spent two weeks undergoing tests in a psychiatric center, AFP reports. The judge also adjourned court proceedings until July 6, as prosecutors said they would need several weeks to examine nearly 200 items of forensic evidence taken from the crime scene.
Jutting, a Cambridge graduate and former employee at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, appeared in court unshaven and dressed in the same black t-shirt he’d worn for his first court appearance two weeks ago.
The suspect has been accused of killing the two young women, identified as Seneng Mujiasih and Sumarti Ningsih, whose mutilated bodies were discovered at his 31st floor flat in the Wanchai district in around 3:45 a.m. on November 1.
After Jutting called the police, they arrived at his apartment to find one of the women’s bodies in the living room with her throat slashed. About eight hours later, Ningsih’s corpse was discovered stuffed inside of a black suitcase on the flat’s balcony. “She was nearly decapitated and her hands and legs were bound with ropes,” a police source was quoted as saying in an SCMP article. Police said her body had been there for three to four days.
A small amount of cocaine was also found at the scene, and detectives are now investigating whether the man was under the influence of drugs at the time of the grisly killing. They are also looking into initial assessments suggesting that the women were sex workers.
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