A British banker charged with murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong will undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine whether he is fit to enter a plea in his trial.

Rurik Jutting appeared briefly Monday at a pre-trial hearing before the judge adjourned proceedings for two weeks while the psychiatric assessments are carried out.

Jutting's case has transfixed the Asian financial center.

He is charged with murdering two young Indonesian women found dead in his 31st floor luxury apartment, including one who was stuffed in a suitcase on his balcony.

Jutting worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch until just before the killings.

He did not speak at the hearing, which lasted only a few minutes.