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.