Death penalty urged over HK murders

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Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The family of one of two Indonesian sex workers found murdered in the Hong Kong flat of a British investment banker has called for their killer to be handed the death penalty.

Sumarti Ningsih, 23, was found dead in a suitcase at Cambridge-educated Rurik George Caton Jutting’s apartment in the city’s Wan Chai district on Saturday.

Police had been called to the property on Halloween night and first found 29-year-old Seneng Mujiasih with wounds to her throat and buttocks. She died a short time later.

Jutting, 29 and originally from Cobham in Surrey, appeared in court yesterday charged with the murders and was remanded in custody.

Ms Ningsih’s father, Ahmad Kaliman, told BBC Indonesian that the women’s killer should be sentenced to death and pleaded for his daughter’s body to be returned home.

He said: “I ask the government of Indonesia to help me return my daughter to me. She was an Indonesian citizen. Please help return her body as soon as possible.

“I was told she was killed, mutilated and packaged into a suitcase. What can you do? This is fate.”

Mr Kaliman said his daughter had travelled to Hong Kong on a tourist visa about two months ago.

She was expected to return home to central Java in Indonesia on November 2, but she was killed on October 27, six days before her body was discovered in an advanced state of decomposition.

It took officers eight hours to find her body in the suitcase on the balcony of Jutting’s flat in the upmarket 40-storey J Residence after attending to Ms Mujiasih.

Police said Ms Ningsih was found with her hands and legs bound with ropes and had nearly been decapitated.

A friend of the pair said Ms Mujiasih, who was known as Jesse, and Ms Ningsih had not intended to work in the sex trade when they went to Hong Kong.

Speaking to the BBC, the friend said Ms Mujiasih, from the city of Muna on Sulawesi island, had turned to prostitution so she could send money back home for her mother to build a house.

Indonesian consulate spokesman Sam Aryadi confirmed that she had overstayed her domestic worker visa.

Jutting moved to Hong Kong from London in July last year and is understood to have quit his highly paid job at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the last few days.

Before leaving he appeared to have set a sinister automatic response for his email account at the bank.

The email response 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).”

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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