The case of a British banker accused of the grisly murders of two Indonesian women has moved closer to trial in Hong Kong after it was committed to the High Court.

Rurik Jutting did not enter a plea and declined a preliminary inquiry in a pre-trial hearing Friday before a magistrate.

Jutting was charged after police found the bodies of the two women in his apartment near the heart of Hong Kong's Wan Chai red-light district last year.

One of bodies was stuffed in a suitcase left on the balcony.

The case shocked the former British colony, which has a reputation for being safe. It also highlighted the extremes of inequality found in Hong Kong's expatriate community.