Hong Kong judges to consider UK banker’s murder appeal

Police officers stand guard next to prison bus carrying British banker Rurik Jutting to the High Court in Hong Kong. (AP)
Updated 14 December 2017
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Hong Kong judges to consider UK banker’s murder appeal

HONG KONG: Hong Kong judges will consider a British banker’s appeal of his conviction in the grisly murders of two Indonesian women.
The three Court of Appeal judges on Wednesday wrapped up an appeal hearing for Rurik Jutting, who is serving a life sentence for the 2014 killings in the Chinese financial center.
The judges are to issue their decision at a later, unspecified date, after listening to a day and a half of submissions from defense and prosecution lawyers.
Jutting’s legal team argued that the trial judge gave incorrect instructions to the jury on deciding the verdict.
Cambridge University-educated Jutting, 32, was convicted last year by a nine-person jury of the brutal killings of Seneng Mujiasih, 26, and Sumarti Ningsih, 23.
Jutting spent days torturing one of the victims while snorting cocaine and then stuffed her body into a suitcase left on his balcony.
Jutting did not deny the killings but argued he was guilty of manslaughter, not murder, because he was acting under diminished responsibility resulting from several psychiatric disorders.
His appeal lawyers said the trial judge misled the jury in instructing them on how to assess if Jutting had an “abnormality of the mind” that substantially impaired his mental responsibility. Under Hong Kong law, that can be used to justify a manslaughter conviction in a killing.


UK foreign minister Hunt urges EU: Get serious in Brexit talks

Updated 4 min 19 sec ago
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UK foreign minister Hunt urges EU: Get serious in Brexit talks

  • Hunt said that people in Britain were increasingly content to leave the bloc without a deal
  • UK PM May said talks had hit an impasse and demanded new proposals and respect from EU leaders

LONDON: British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday that the European Union should end its blanket refusals of British proposals in Brexit talks, as any belief that Britain would capitulate was misplaced.
Hunt, who voted ‘remain’ in the 2016 referendum on EU membership, said that people in Britain were increasingly content to leave the bloc without a deal, a day after Prime Minister Theresa May said talks had hit an impasse and demanded new proposals and respect from EU leaders.
“If the EU’s view is that just by saying no to every proposal made by the United Kingdom, we will eventually capitulate and end up either with a Norway option or indeed staying in the EU, if that is there view then they’ve profoundly misjudged he British people,” Hunt told BBC radio.
“We may be polite, but we have a bottom line. And so they need to engage with us now in seriousness.”