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UK banker pleads not guilty to murder in Hong Kong trial

  • A police officer holds a machine gun trying to make way of a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Jutting accused of the grisly 2014 killings of two Indonesian women pleaded not guilty when he went on trial Monday, in a case expected to highlight the Asian financial hub's inequality and privileged lifestyle of its wealthy expat elite. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    A police officer holds a machine gun trying to make way of a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Jutting accused of the grisly 2014 killings of two Indonesian women pleaded not guilty when he went on trial Monday, in a case expected to highlight the Asian financial hub's inequality and privileged lifestyle of its wealthy expat elite. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police officer holds a machine gun trying to make way of a prison bus carrying British banker Rurik Jutting upon arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Jutting accused of the grisly 2014 killings of two Indonesian women pleaded not guilty when he went on trial Monday, in a case expected to highlight the Asian financial hub's inequality and privileged lifestyle of its wealthy expat elite. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    A police officer holds a machine gun trying to make way of a prison bus carrying British banker Rurik Jutting upon arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Jutting accused of the grisly 2014 killings of two Indonesian women pleaded not guilty when he went on trial Monday, in a case expected to highlight the Asian financial hub's inequality and privileged lifestyle of its wealthy expat elite. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers stand guard next to a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Jutting accused of the grisly 2014 killings of two Indonesian women pleaded not guilty when he went on trial Monday, in a case expected to highlight the Asian financial hub's inequality and privileged lifestyle of its wealthy expat elite. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Police officers stand guard next to a prison bus which carries British banker Rurik Jutting upon his arrival at the High Court in Hong Kong, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Jutting accused of the grisly 2014 killings of two Indonesian women pleaded not guilty when he went on trial Monday, in a case expected to highlight the Asian financial hub's inequality and privileged lifestyle of its wealthy expat elite. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

A British banker accused of the grisly 2014 killings of two Indonesian women pleaded not guilty when he went on trial in Hong Kong.

Rurik Jutting entered a plea of not guilty Monday to two murder charges that were read out at the High Court, with prosecutors rejecting his attempt to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Jutting is charged with the murders of Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasih, whose bodies were found in his upscale apartment near the Asian financial center's Wan Chai red-light district.

One of the women's bodies was found stuffed in a suitcase left in a balcony while the other had knife wounds on the neck and buttock, according to initial police reports.

If convicted, Jutting faces life in prison.