Rurik Jutting in court for Hong Kong double murder
Rurik Jutting (R), a 29-year-old British banker who has been charged with two counts of murder, sits in a police van as it arrives at a court in Hong Kong Reuters

British banker Rurik Jutting had his banking licences revoked at around the same time he is alleged to have killed two Hong Kong prostitutes.

Records filed by regulators show the 29-year-old had his Bank of America-sponsored securities licences cancelled three days before the bodies of his two alleged victims were found at his Wan Chai district apartment on Saturday (1 November).

Jutting would have been unable to work in Hong Kong without licences from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

The Bank has so far refused to comment on the licences, saying only that Jutting was an employee until recently. It has not clarified when or why he left the company.

There have however been reports of supposed disgruntlement from Jutting, who is alleged to have written an out-of-office email describing himself as an "insane psychopath" to Merrill Lynch staff and clients, shortly before the women died.

Jutting, alumni of Cambridge University, appeared in court on 3 November charged with two counts of murder. He did not enter a plea and did not seek bail. He will next appear on 10 November.

One of the bodies found in a suitcase on the banker's balcony has been identified as Sumarti Ningsih, while the the second woman has been named in local media as Jesse Lorena.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Jutting had been in Hong Kong since July 2013, having transferred from Merrill Lynch's London office where he had worked since July 2010. Prior to that, he worked as a trader in capital markets at Barclays in London.