Rurik Jutting, the former Bank of America Corp. employee charged with murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong, had his case adjourned till May 8.
Jutting said he understood the charges, amended to name the second alleged victim, read to him at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. Magistrate Jason Wan rejected an application for today’s costs by Jutting’s lawyer, who said the prosecution rushed the case, with its “grave and serious allegations,” when it wasn’t ready.
The Cambridge University graduate, who was 29 when he was charged in November, faces life in prison if convicted. Jutting is accused of killing Sumarti Ningsih, 23, on Oct. 27 and Seneng Mujiasih, 29, on Nov. 1 at his upscale apartment in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district. No plea was entered today. Jutting’s lawyer Michael Vidler told reporters after the hearing that a plea is not normally entered at this stage.
Prosecutor Bobby Cheung told the court that the hearing to transfer the case to the High Court for trial needed to be adjourned because it is very complex, involving “quite a lot of medical statements and evidence.”
Jutting called police at about 3:42 a.m. on Nov. 1, requesting they come to his apartment, according to a police statement. Police found Mujiasih with cuts on her neck and buttock, and she was certified dead at the scene. On the apartment’s balcony, police found Ningsih with neck wounds inside a suitcase. A knife was also seized at the scene, according to the statement.
Bank of America spokesman Paul Scanlon declined to say what job Jutting was doing when he was employed at the second-largest U.S. lender.
A LinkedIn profile for a Rurik Jutting showed he worked at Merrill Lynch’s Asian structured equity finance and trading division starting in July 2013 in Hong Kong.
The case is Hong Kong Special Administrative Region v Jutting Rurik George Caton, ESCC3743/2014, Eastern Magistrates’ Court.