The two women allegedly murdered by a British banker in Hong Kong have been confirmed as Indonesian nationals who were in the Chinese territory on temporary visas.
The Indonesian consulate in Hong Kong named one of the victims as Seneng Mujiasih, a 29-year-old from Muna, an island to the south of Sulawesi. She had adopted the name Jesse Lorena in Hong Kong.
Mujiasih is understood to be the woman who was found naked with knife wounds to her neck and buttocks by police called to Rurik Jutting’s 31st-floor flat in the city’s Wan Chai district in the early hours of Saturday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sam Aryadi, from the Indonesian consulate, said Mujiasih had entered Hong Kong on a domestic worker’s permit, which had expired. Before her death, she had been “hanging out” in Wan Chai, the centre of Hong Kong’s diminished but still busy sex trade, Aryadi said.
Police had previously identified the other victim, Sumarti Ningsih, a 25-year-old who was in Hong Kong on a tourist visa that expired on Monday. It is believed her body was the one found in a state of decay inside a suitcase on the balcony of Jutting’s home. She has a son in her home village of Gandrungmangu on Java island.
On Tuesday, Ningsih’s father said he wanted her killer to be severely punished. “The perpetrator has to be sentenced to death, or at least life in prison,” Ahmad Kaliman, 58, told TV reporters from Gandrungmangu. He added: “He also has to pay money to help support Ningsih’s five-year-old son in the future.”
Hong Kong formally abolished capital punishment in 1993. The last execution in the territory came in 1966, when it was still under British rule.
Around half of the 300,000 domestic workers in Hong Kong are Indonesian, according to Amnesty International. Almost all are women, a number of whom are effectively trafficked and face terrible conditions, the human rights group said in a report last year.
Jutting, an investment banker from Surrey, who attended Winchester school and Cambridge university, appeared in court on Monday charged with the murder of Ningsih on 27 October and that of another victim, then identified as an “unknown female”, on 1 November. Unshaven and dressed in a black T-shirt, he spoke only to confirm he understood the charges.
Jutting is believed to have worked for Barclays before moving to Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, transferring with the bank to Hong Kong last year.
His securities licence sponsored by Bank of America was cancelled on 28 October, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing records with Hong Kong’s financial regulators. The bank refused to comment.
Jutting reportedly left his job a few days before he was arrested. On his Facebook page he posted an update saying he was embarking on a “new journey”.
An automated email reply received by those who contacted his work address 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).”
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