KENDARI, Indonesia (AFP) – The father of a young Indonesian woman murdered in Hong Kong spoke Monday of his shock at the death of his “lovely” daughter as the British banker accused of killing her flashed a smile as he left court.
Seneng Mujiasih’s mutilated body was found in Rurik Jutting’s upmarket flat in the southern Chinese city, along with that of a second Indonesian woman whom he is also accused of killing.
As authorities prepared to fly the women’s bodies home on Tuesday, the 29-year-old securities trader grinned from the back of a prison van as he left a Hong Kong court after his case was adjourned so he can undergo psychiatric evaluation.
Seneng’s father, Mujiharjo, said that the family had been stunned by news of the death of his daughter, who was found with knife wounds to her neck and buttocks, adding that her killer “doesn’t deserve to live”.
“Words cannot describe how we feel now, we are all shocked,” the 57-year-old, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP from the family home in Sidomakmur village on Muna Island in central Indonesia.
“We never imagined this could happen to my daughter. She is a lovely person, has many friends and was always making jokes.
“My wife is in deep shock and cannot eat anything. She keeps crying remembering our beloved daughter. The killer must be given the death sentence. He doesn’t deserve to live,” he added.
The parents of the second victim, 23-year-old Sumarti Ningsih – whose body was found in a suitcase – have also called for the death penalty, although Hong Kong does not impose capital punishment.
Mujiharjo said the family found out about Seneng’s death when they tried to call her in Hong Kong and a friend answered.