A Hong Kong jury on Tuesday (8 November) found British banker Rurik Jutting guilty of killing two Indonesian women in 2014, torturing one of them over three days during a cocaine binge.
Jutting, who previously worked for Bank of America in Hong Kong, killed Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, in October 2014. Murder carries a mandatory life sentence in Hong Kong.
Jutting's lawyer read a statement on his behalf, in which Jutting said he was sorry and accepted the verdicts as "just and appropriate punishment." He also said he was haunted by his actions and the pain he'd caused to the women's loved ones, AP reported.
During the course of the trial, the jury watched harrowing footage of the banker torturing one of his victims, Ningsih, in his apartment where he held her for three days before he slashed her throat and put her body in a suitcase and stored it on the balcony.
A few days later, he killed Mujiasih. Her body was found in his apartment with injuries to her neck and buttocks. The jury also watched the long monologues he recorded on his phone, in which he confessed to killing the two women.
The former banker had pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter and cited "diminished responsibility".
His defence stated that he suffers from disorders related to alcohol and cocaine abuse along with sexual sadism and narcissism, and that he was unable to control his behaviour during the time of the killings.
The prosecution argued that he was able to judge and control his impulses before and after the murders, capturing hours of footage where he ranted about the murders and binged on cocaine.