(CNN)Rurik Jutting seemed to have it all.
He was a young, intelligent British banker earning half a million dollars a year, in the teeming metropolis of Hong Kong.
Jutting was also overweight, perpetually intoxicated and increasingly depraved.
On a balmy October evening in 2014, Jutting returned home with a 23-year-old Indonesian woman he’d met via Craigslist.
Eight days later, she was found dead in his upscale apartment, her body stuffed in a suitcase on the balcony. Another Indonesian woman lay dead with her throat slit on the floor, which was covered in blood, cocaine and torture devices.
Two years later, Jutting, now 31, is on trial at Hong Kong’s High Court, charged with two counts of murder and one of preventing lawful burial.
“(These are) the narcissistic ramblings of Rurik Jutting, of the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, newly soon to be unemployed and now a rapist and a murderer,” he said in one of the many drug-fuelled, manic videos he made on his iPhone over the course of that shocking week.
The major facts of the case are agreed by both sides. But Jutting has pleaded not guilty to murder, claiming diminished responsibility, saying he wasn’t in his right mind.
He has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, a plea rejected by the prosecution.
The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Tuesday, November 8.
The following account is based on court documents and evidence and testimony given to the jury since the trial started on October 24.
‘They weren’t sex objects’
“I am sure you will never forget the reality of the horror that those women had to endure” — defense attorney Tim Owen, closing argument
In Hong Kong’s High Court, two years later, Jutting appeared largely composed.
His parents didn’t attend the trial, or any family members, but it was packed with journalists, many of whom had been flown half way around the world by the British tabloid media to cover the case of Hong Kong’s “American Psycho” killer.
His appearance shocked those in the public gallery — his once curly hair has been cut short and he had lost a significant amount of weight since 2014.
When his videos of his torture of Ningsih were played to the jury — drawing audible gasps — he closed his eyes.
At other times, especially during his defense, he appeared more animated, chatting to and exchanging notes with his lawyers.
His defense attorney Tim Owen, told the jury their defense of diminished responsibility was “a concession to human frailty.”
“I am not asking you to feel sympathy for Rurik Jutting. I am not asking you to feel sorry for him,” he said in his closing remarks.
“(But by October 2014) Rurik Jutting was about as far from normal as it is possible to be.”
The prosecution attorney, in his summing up, shifted the jury’s attention from Jutting to the two women who had been buried in unremarkable graves in Indonesia, two years before.
“They were living human beings. They weren’t sex objects.”
Hong Kong sadist: British banker’s descent into depravity