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FILE PHOTO - Rurik George Caton Jutting, a British banker charged with two counts of murder after police found the bodies of two women in his apartment, sitting in the back row of a prison bus as he arrives at the Eastern Law Courts in Hong Kong November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - A former British banker who was jailed for life in late 2016 for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped will not be given a new trial, Hong Kong's Court of Appeal ruled on Friday.

Rurik Jutting, 32, a former Bank of America employee, had denied murdering Sumarti Ningsih, 23, and Seneng Mujiasih, 26, in his luxury apartment in 2014 on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to alcohol and drug abuse and sexual disorders.

The Cambridge-educated Jutting pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in a horrific case that sent shivers through the Asian financial hub.

Jutting's lawyer Gerard McCoy had earlier argued that the judge had misdirected the jury by narrowing down the scope of the defence case by conflating an abnormality of mind with a psychiatric disorder.

(Reporting by Pak Yiu and Wyman Ma, writing by Farah Master; Editing by James Pomfret & Simon Cameron-Moore)

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