British banker held over killing of two sex workers in Hong Kong

A British man will appear in court in Hong Kong today after the bodies of two women — one in a suitcase — were found at his flat.

Police have laid a “holding charge” against the 29-year-old — identified as Cambridge-educated banker Rurik Jutting. He was arrested after the women — believed to be sex workers from Indonesia — were found dead at the flat in the Wan Chai district of the former British colony in the early hours of Saturday.

A statement from Hong Kong police said: “Police today laid a holding charge against a 29-year-old man with two counts of murder. Police arrested the man on November 1 in suspected connection with a murder case in a unit at 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai in the small hours on the same day in which a foreign woman aged between 25 and 30, and another woman were killed.

“The arrestee will appear before Eastern Magistrates’ Courts today.”

Mr Jutting resigned from his job at Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently, according to local reports.

The two victims have not been formally identified but the BBC said they were known as Jessie and Alice.

Hong Kong police have said one of the women – aged between 25 and 30 – was found with wounds to her neck and buttock, and pronounced dead at the scene. The body of the other victim was found inside a suitcase on the balcony and she had sustained neck injuries.

Officers were called to the address in the early hours and later seized a knife.

The body of the woman found in the suitcase had been there for a while, Wan Chai assistant district commander for crime Wan Siu-hung told the South China Morning Post.

“We believe the woman had been dead for quite some time,” he said.

The paper reported that police recorded 14 murders in the first seven months of this year, but added that the city has a “hard-earned and well deserved” reputation as one of the safest cities in the world.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a British national has been arrested in Hong Kong.

“We are in touch with the local police and stand ready to provide consular assistance.”


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