British Banker Allegedly Killed Sex Workers in Hong Kong, Tortured Them For Three Days

Sumarti Ningsih  and Seneng Mujiasih, a.k.a. Jesse Lorena Ruri [Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

These are the crime stories making headlines today, October 24, 2016 …

  • A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women in his Hong Kong apartment had tortured one of the victims for three days while using cocaine, a prosecutor said at the opening of his murder trial Monday. The bodies of Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, were found in Rurik Jutting’s apartment near the Wan Chai red-light district in 2014. Cambridge University graduate Jutting, who had worked at the Hong Kong office of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in structured equity finance and trading, shocked the city. Jutting pleaded not guilty to two murder charges, and faces life behind bars if convicted. [New York Post]
  • The two murder suspects believed to be on the run with a missing woman are the subjects of Scotland’s biggest manhunt. Police have released images of Craig Munro and Allan Robertson taken from the same camera as missing mother-of-two Farrah Fadli, 29. Officers want to question Munro, 30, and Robertson, 26, in connection with
 the violent death of John Smith who was murdered in his home in Stevenston, Ayrshire, earlier this month. [Daily Record]

  • A Virginia man pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of accessing with intent to view child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Edward Joseph Matish III, 25, was a member of Playpen, a hidden website dedicated to the sharing of child pornography that operated on the Tor network. Between October 2014 and March 2015, Matish logged into Playpen and viewed content depicting the sexual exploitation of children. He once wrote on the site that he viewed the images to control his attraction to young girls, and encouraged others to “leave the touching to the brave souls willing to risk everything for our relief.” Matish was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 8 and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. [Justice.gov]
  • Two Russian cannibals who had sex with a 31-year-old woman before killing her and eating her dismembered body parts at a party have been jailed for just 12 years for her murder. Kirill Nemykin and Sergey Metlyayev, from Siberia, allegedly took the victim Nadezhda Avakumova to a sauna where they took turns having sex with her. Avakumova was extremely intoxicated, and after sobering up she realized what had happened and threatened to report the men for rape. They then attacked her, killing her and dismembering her body, a court heard. [Daily Mirror]

Tammy Stuard [Photo: TK]

Tammy Stuard [Indiana State Police]

  • An Indianapolis woman was arrested and charged with murder after a shooting at a Halloween party. Investigators believe Tammy Stuard, 52, shot and killed Bradley Jones, 53, of Coal City in his home after a verbal argument just after midnight on Saturday. Court documents show Stuard told detectives she shot Jones with her own handgun because she believed he was going to attempt to hurt others at the party. She was charged with murder Monday afternoon in the Owen County Circuit Court. [Fox 59]
  • Investigators say two Florida women found their 94-year-old father dead and buried him in their yard. Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman Fred Jones said Thursday that Melvin Kort’s daughters Sarah and Susan Kort told them that their father died of what appeared to be a stroke or heart attack four or five years ago. Melvin Kort’s brother reported him missing in July, but when investigators stopped by the home the daughters said their father had moved up north. Police are awaiting the results of DNA tests to confirm the identity of the body. [CBS News]

  • Courtney Cole [Photo: Palm Beach County Jail]

    Courtney Cole [Palm Beach County Jail]

    A 28-year-old woman covered in blood with alcohol on her breath faces charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer after refusing help from two Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies with Hispanic surnames. Courtney Cole called 911 on Friday night and then hung up. When police found her walking in Canal point, Cole told them Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump was going to “deport all of us” and that she “needed an American to assist her,” the deputies wrote in the arrest report. Cole was covered in dried blood and told the deputy she had been arguing with her sister-in-law and did not need help. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Federal authorities say they’ve discovered a tunnel between Mexico and San Diego — possibly one of the secret passages drug cartels have dug to move dope into the United States. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced the discovery of the tunnel on Thursday. They aren’t releasing any details. However, such cross-border tunnels have been linked in the past to drug smuggling. Mexican authorities tell KSWB-TV an investigation is underway in the Aeropuerto neighborhood west of Tijuana International Airport and near the Otay Mesa neighborhood of San Diego. In April, authorities found a half-mile-long tunnel between the two cities and seized tons of cocaine and marijuana. [ABC 7]

Main photo: Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasih, aka Jesse Lorena Ruri [Wikimedia Commons]