Rurik Jutting, an employee of Bank of America, was charged on Monday for the murders of two women, believed to be prostitutes, in Hong Kong.
Jutting appeared before Hong Kong’s Eastern Magistrates Court on Monday, responding with “I do” when asked if he understood the charges. He did not enter a plea.
Officers discovered the naked body of an Indonesian woman whose throat had been slashed. She was pronounced dead at the scene and hours later police found a second body in a Chanel suitcase on Jutting’s balcony, where it had been decomposing in the heat for an estimated four or five days.
The two women are believed to be of Indonesian origin and worked in the sex trade. The first was identified locally as a 30-year-old known as “Jesse”. The second, whose head was almost completely severed from her body, was identified in court documents as 25-year-old Ningsih Sumarti.
Local media claim that detectives also found 2,000 images of dead bodies on the suspect’s phone, including photographs of women’s genitals and an almost severed head. Police also reportedly seized weapons, including a large knife and a small quantity of cocaine.
Newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, are comparing the reported crime scene to Bret Easton Ellis’ book American Psycho, in which a Wall Street investment banker goes on a killing spree.
Jutting, who grew up in Surrey and studied history at Peterhouse, Cambridge, had worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was paid a six-figure salary, reports The Times.