Both victims in HK murder case were Indonesian

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Rurik George Caton Jutting, a former Bank of America Corp. employee, leaves the Eastern Magistrates Court in a prison van in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Rurik George Caton Jutting was charged with the murder of two women in a Hong Kong apartment. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rurik George Caton Jutting, 29, right, is escorted by police officers in an police van after his appearing in a court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Hong Kong police said Monday that they had charged the 29-tear-old British man with killing two women, including one whose body was found inside a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Rurik George Caton Jutting, center, is escorted by police officers in an police van before appearing in a court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Hong Kong police said Monday that they had charged the 29-year-old man with killing two women, including one whose body was found inside a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment. (AP Photo/Apple Daily) HONG KONG OUT, TAIWAN OUT, NO ARCHIVE
Rurik George Caton Jutting, 29, right, is escorted by police officers in an police van after his appearing in a court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Hong Kong police said Monday that they had charged the 29-tear-old British man with killing two women, including one whose body was found inside a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Rurik George Caton Jutting, 29, right, is escorted by police officers in an police van after his appearing in a court in Hong Kong Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Hong Kong police said Monday that they had charged the 29-tear-old British man with killing two women, including one whose body was found inside a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Rurik George Caton Jutting, a former Bank of America Corp. employee, leaves the Eastern Magistrates Court in a prison van in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Rurik George Caton Jutting was charged with the murder of two women in a Hong Kong apartment. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rurik George Caton Jutting, a former Bank of America Corp. employee, leaves the Eastern Magistrates Court in a prison van in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Rurik George Caton Jutting was charged with the murder of two women in a Hong Kong apartment. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rurik George Caton Jutting, a former Bank of America Corp. employee, leaves the Eastern Magistrates Court in a prison van in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Rurik George Caton Jutting was charged with the murder of two women in a Hong Kong apartment. Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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HONG KONG (AP) - Both victims in a double murder case that has shocked Hong Kong were Indonesian women, and one of the victims was frequenting a red light district on a lapsed domestic worker visa, an Indonesian consulate official said Tuesday.

Consulate spokesman Sam Aryadi confirmed one of the women found dead in an upscale apartment over the weekend was 29-year-old Seneng Mujiasih, who had come as a domestic worker from the city of Muna on Sulawesi island.

Hong Kong police had earlier identified the other woman as Sumarti Ningsih, whom Aryadi said Monday was a 25-year-old Indonesian woman from central Java. Ningsih, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase, had gone by the Filipino-sounding alias of Jesse Lorena Ruri while spending time in Hong Kong's Wan Chai red light district, he said. She was in the city on a tourist visa valid until Nov. 3.

The two women appeared to be among the thousands of migrant workers drawn to Hong Kong, one of Asia's biggest financial hubs, looking for better pay. About half of the 319,325 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong are Indonesian and nearly all are women, according to a report by human rights group Amnesty International.

Police have charged British banker Rurik George Caton Jutting with killing the two women. The 29-year-old has yet to enter a plea in the case.

Jutting's Facebook page showed a picture apparently taken from the balcony of his luxury Hong Kong apartment where the body of Ningsih was found stuffed into a suitcase. All the friends commenting on the photo were young Asian women, mostly with Filipino names.

The consulate was arranging for the bodies of both women to be sent home for burial.

"Both of the women came from small cities," Aryadi said. "We are working to have them sent back to their families."

Jutting is expected to cooperate with police in a reconstruction of the crime at the apartment on Friday.

The suspect is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he was secretary of the university's history society. He worked in structured equity finance and trading for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong since July 2013.

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