Rurik Jutting double murder trial hears work stress caused Hong Kong banker’s life to spiral out of control
Briton’s lawyer says strain started with sale of financial product in 2012
The British banker accused of murdering two young Indonesian women in his Wan Chai flat had been in highly stressful jobs, with his life gradually spiralling out of control before his arrest, the High Court heard on Tuesday.
On the defence’s second day, Rurik Jutting, who denies murder, was described by his counsel as feeling very stressed after he was involved in selling of a financial product under regulatory investigation in the UK in 2012.
His boss told Jutting there was “trouble” and something had to be done to protect the reputation of the bank they worked for, barrister Tim Owen QC, for the Briton, told the court.
The lawyer said Jutting got emotional and often skipped work, before being transferred to Hong Kong in 2013.
“[Jutting]’s life was spiralling out of control,” Owen said of the impact of the stress his client was under and of how he grew to use drugs and prostitutes.
Earlier, forensic psychiatrist Dr Richard Latham told the court that the banker, who was accused of killing Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, had exercised “substantial” control over his behaviour while taking his alleged victims captive separately.
But it was another matter whether Jutting actually intended to kill the women as he became more intoxicated with drugs and alcohol, he said.
Jutting denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility as he was diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder and sexual sadism, as well as cocaine and alcohol addictions, which combined to lessen his self-control.
Prosecutor John Reading QC asked Latham what the difference would be between planning to kill and planning to do harm or cause fear.
Latham said evidence showed Jutting did not have full control of himself.
The trial continues before deputy High Court judge Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore.