Brit banker who murdered prostitutes helps other killers appeal from cell

A British banker who slaughtered two prostitutes in Hong Kong has turned quack lawyer to help fellow killers try to win freedom.

Cocaine addict Rurik Jutting, 34, is offering legal advice in a bid to stay “on side” with inmates in a notorious jail.

An insider at maximum security Stanley Prison, Hong Kong, said: “Life as a Westerner in prison here can be very difficult – especially when you’ve murdered two women.

“The only way for him to stay safe is to try to stay as low-profile as possible and do everything he can to keep violent suspects on side.”

Cambridge graduate Jutting was jailed for life in 2016 for slaying his victims in warped sex-driven fantasies.

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His legal background is in the corporate world from his days at Bank of America investment giant Merrill Lynch.

He was headhunted from Barclays and earned £270,000 a year developing complex tax products.

In jail, lifer Tsang Man-wai recruited Jutting after being told he was unlikely to get legal aid.

Tsang was seeking a sentence reduction and told a court that Jutting had said his appeal was “likely to succeed”.

But Hong Kong’s Final Court of Appeal ruled the written submissions drafted by Jutting “did not follow practice and procedure”.

Justice Kevin Zervos said not only was the application without merits, it was beset by “lengthy” submissions and “meandering” arguments that lacked the professional skill and responsibility of a practising lawyer.

He said: “It meant that the applicant had not received proper or professional legal advice and, if he had received such advice, it may have caused him to take a different approach.

“A person has a right of appeal but it should be exercised by advancing meritorious arguments in full compliance with proper practice and procedure.”

Jutting, who grew up in Surrey, was jailed for life in 2016 for crimes that shocked even hardened vice squad detectives.

Fuelled by cocaine and booze, he tortured prostitute Sumarti Ningsih, 23, for 72 hours before stuffing her body into a suitcase.

He beat her with his fists and a belt, used pliers and clamps on her and slit her throat.

Later, he lured a second sex worker, Seneng Mujiasih, 26, to his Hong Kong flat and slit her throat too.

Depraved Jutting’s torture kit included a hammer, sandpaper, zip ties and a blow torch.

In one video he held the lit torch and gloated: “Imagine the damage you can do with that.”

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