A former British banker, who was sentenced to life in Hong Kong last year for the murders of two Indonesian women he killed in his apartment, had his appeal rejected for the second time on Wednesday.
A judgment by the Court of Appeal of the High Court on Wednesday rejected Cambridge University graduate Rurik Jutting’s application for leave to appeal to the higher court – the Court of Final Appeal – saying this is “no point of law of great general importance,” Sing Pao Daily reported.
According to the written judgment, defense lawyer Gerard McCoy identified two questions regarding misdirection in law given by the original trial judge to the jury on “disorder of mind” and “abnormality of mind.”
He also questioned if it was impermissible to allow psychiatrists called by the prosecution to express their opinions as to whether Jutting’s mental responsibility for his acts was substantially impaired.
A panel of three judges unanimously ruled that they were “satisfied” with the original trial judge’s directions to the jury. The Court of Appeal had earlier refused Jutting’s appeal against his conviction of two counts of murder in February.
In 2014, the former Bank of America Merrill Lynch worker tortured Indonesian woman Sumarti Ningsih, 23, for three days and filmed her ordeal on his mobile phone before slashing her throat with a serrated knife and stuffing her body into a suitcase.
Days later, he picked up another Indonesian woman, Seneng Mujiasih, 26, but killed her quickly when she started screaming.