Rurik Jutting is accused in the deaths of two women, whose bodies were found inside his Hong Kong apartment. The former Bank of America Merrill Lynch banker is accused of luring the women to his apartment under false pretenses. According to reports, he then proceeded to beat and stab the women to death.
Authorities were called to the scene at approximately 3:42 a.m. Saturday morning. Upon entering the Wan Chai district apartment, the officers discovered the body of a 30-year-old woman on the living room floor.
As reported by Telegraph, the woman sustained “multiple stab wounds” to her buttocks and neck. Although the she was not identified by her legal name, authorities confirmed the victim was known as “Jessie Lorena.”
Upon further inspection of the premises, authorities discovered another body. Officers said the body of 25-year-old Sumarti Ningsih was stuffed inside a suitcase, which was stored on Rurik Jutting’s balcony.
Assistant District Commander Wan Cha confirmed that Ningsih “had been dead for quite some time.” Although her official cause of death has not been determined, authorities said Ningsih was nearly decapitated.
Authorities believe both victims were prostitutes. The 25-year old woman is of Indonesian descent. Although she entered Hong Kong on a tourist visa, Sumarti Ningsih was recently arrested and accused of violating the terms of her visa. Her case was still pending at the time of her death.
Officials believe the 30-year-old victim is a native of the Philippines. In addition to being a prostitute, she reportedly worked as a “part-time disc jockey in a pub.”
As reported by the Guardian, Rurik Jutting turned himself in and has fully cooperated with the investigation. However, authorities are concerned that there are more victims who have yet to be discovered. They are also exploring the possibility that the suspect had an accomplice.
In addition to the two bodies, authorities discovered sex toys and cocaine inside the suspect’s apartment. They also recovered a mobile phone, which reportedly contains further evidence of Jutting’s crimes.
A native of the UK, Rurik Jutting moved to Hong Kong in 2013. As he is quite intelligent and came from an affluent family, the suspect attended Winchester College and Cambridge University. Prior to his employment with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Jutting worked for Barclays in London.
In the weeks leading up to his arrest, the suspect reportedly quit his job and ended a long-term relationship. It has been suggested that Rurik Jutting was also struggling with depression.