Last ‘girlfriend’ of evil Rurik Jutting says: “I’m lucky he didn’t kill me too. He could flip easily”
The last ‘girlfriend’ of depraved killer banker Rurik Jutting said she is lucky to be alive today as the former public schoolboy begins a life behind bars.
Jutting, 31, may never be released after a Hong Kong jury found him guilty of the gruesome murders of two prostitutes who he lured to his high-rise flat.
Under Hong Kong law – life generally means life, with little chance of parole for the worst crimes, even though Jutting is likely to serve his time in a UK prison.
The cocaine-abusing sadist held his first victim, mum-of-one Sumarti Ningsih, captive in his flat for three days, forcing her into sickening acts before slicing her throat.
Five days later, he went out “hunting” and found second victim Seneng Mujiasih , 26, working in a nearby bar.
Planning to subject her to even worse torture than Miss Ningsih, he killed Miss Mujiasih within 20 minutes after she fought back.
Despite a string of girlfriends, and one former fiancee, Jutting regularly turned to prostitutes since blowing his first ever banking bonus in a London brothel in 2009.
After he was transferred to Hong Kong by Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2013, he upped both his drug intake and his use of sex workers.
On a salary reaching nearly £300,000, Jutting had the cash to pay for almost whatever he wanted but chose to spend his weekends flying from the bright lights of Hong Kong to the red lights of Angeles City, the sex tourist capital of the Philippines.
The slum town, built around an old US air base, attracts the perverted or the desperate, with older men picking up young Filipino girls for the night, every night.
Fields Avenue and Walking Street, with their array of ‘girly bars’ and ‘hostesses’, are the usual haunts for the sad and lonely but Jutting made a dive bar just out of town his kingdom.
In the cramped Del Rios, he would pay the ‘bar fine’ – the fee to take a girl from her place of work – for up to seven girls at a time.
Lavishing them with trips to the best restaurants in town, top hotels and shopping expenses, the girls would wait anxiously every weekend for him to come back.
He got serious with one, who cannot be named for legal reasons, but spent his last two months as a free man with Joanne Ocfemia, 28.
With her four prostitute licences hanging from a lanyard round her neck, Joanne told the Mirror: “I feel lucky that it wasn’t me. When we are together he was telling me to go and visit Hong Kong.
“It could have been me.
“I was the one who did the secretary work for him, booking the meals, getting the drinks, sorting the clubs. He gave me the money to pay for everything.
“He would call me behind the other girl’s back saying ‘Let’s meet up’. We got together in August 2014, two months before this horrible stuff happened.
“He didn’t want me to work. He paid for two months so I didn’t work. He paid 100,000 peso (£1660) for that.
“Usually to get a girl off the bar is 30,000 peso (£500) for a month but Rurik paid the most. 30,000 is good money to live on.
“I used the money to go to school and make a better life for my family. I did a course in hotel and restaurant management.”
Describing him as “the biggest blessing in Angeles at that time”, Joanne also got to see Jutting’s dark side come out: “He was strict with us. And he got angry quickly. He would flip out with hotel workers so easily if they didn’t do things quickly or they were too loud.
“He was always saying ‘this is bulls**t’ to them.
“He said he had bought me a present. He went to the safe and got a box and I thought it was something nice like an iPhone but it was a vibrator. I didn’t like that. He did.”
In a pattern that stretches across most of his relationships, Jutting suddenly called time on his romance with Joanne.
On October 21, 2014, he sent her a break-up text message. Four days later, he called her a “selfish f***” in an unprovoked outburst via text.
It was that same day he took Sumarti Ningsih hostage in Hong Kong.
Joanne said: “If I could have a chance to see him I would. He didn’t do anything bad to me. But he did terrible things, I know that.
“I’d like the old Rurik back. He was one of a kind. All the other foreigners were ‘cheap Charlies’ – they don’t pay the girls, they grab you, they are all over you.
“I said to him no babies before marriage. We talked about this. He said marriage in the future.
“I couldn’t believe it was the same man I knew when I saw the murders on the internet. I’m happy because he was normal with me, not mental. I am lucky for that.”
Another Del Rio girl, Anna, hasn’t worked in the bar for long but she knows Jutting’s name. “Rurik is the boogeyman,” she said.
Jutting, of Chertsey, Surrey, was given two life sentences at Hong Kong High Court today after being convicted of murder.
A jury rejected his claims he was mentally ill at the time of the 2014 killings.