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Guilty British banker Rurik Jutting apologises for 'evil' double Hong Kong murder

A British banker sentenced to life for murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong has apologised to the victims' families for the "evil" killings.

Rurik Jutting said he was "haunted every day" by actions that were "horrific even by homicide standards" in a statement read after the verdict.

Jutting, 31, showed no emotion as a jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict over the brutal killings of 23-year-old Sumarti Ningsih and 26-year-old Seneng Mujiasih.

The Cambridge-educated Jutting, who had pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the women's bodies were found in his luxury apartment in November 2014, intends to lodge a petition to serve his sentence in a UK prison.

ITV News China Correspondent Debi Edward reported on Jutting's response to the verdict:

Ms Ningsih's body was found stuffed in a suitcase left on a balcony, while Ms Mujiasih had knife wounds on the neck and buttocks.

Handing down a life sentence, the presiding judge said the banker had used his huge salary to fund his depraved actions and said he did not accept Jutting's apology.

Seneng Mujiasih's body had knife wounds to the neck and buttocks. Credit: ITV News
Sumarti Ningsih's body was found in a suitcase. Credit: ITV News

The judge condemned Jutting as the "archetypal sexual predator" and said the case was one of the most horrifying to ever come before a Hong Kong court.

The jury of four women and five men had been shown graphic video footage exposing them to the full brutality of the killings.

It took them around six hours, including a lunch break, to reach a decision.

Jutting had pleaded not guilty to murdering the women on the grounds of "diminished responsibility" due to alcohol and drug abuse and sexual disorders.

Both women had originally come to Hong Kong to work as foreign maids but are later thought to have been working as prostitutes.

Jutting, who is the grandson of a British policeman in Hong Kong and a local Chinese woman, will begin his sentence locally while he waits to learn if he can be switched to a UK prison.

Edward reported it could take between one to two years for a decision on Jutting's impending transfer petition to be made.