Tim Owen QC to defend former Merrill Lynch banker Rurik Jutting accused of Hong Kong murders in upcoming trial
Rurik Jutting is charged with the murders of two Indonesian women in his apartment in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong in October 2014. Two years on from the alleged crimes, Jutting will be tried by jury in Hong Kong in a trial set to begin on Monday 24th October 2016. It is estimated that the trial will last for 2-3 weeks. Tim Owen QC of Matrix Chambers will lead Mr Jutting’s legal team having been granted admission to practice by the Hong Kong High Court. He is instructed by Michael Vidler of Vidler & Co who have also instructed local Hong Kong Counsel, Clive Grossman SC, Tim Parker and David Cheung. Jutting was arrested on November 1st 2014 and after being charged he was first held at Hong Kong’s Siu Lam psychiatric prison. He indicated that he would plead not guilty to murder, although a formal plea was not entered in a hearing in May 2015. In October 2015 he was transferred to the maximum security prison at Li Chi Kok, following which he was deemed fit to stand trial in November after having psychiatric tests.