HONG KONG: British banker Rurik Jutting pleaded “not guilty” to two charges of murder Monday as he stood trial for the killings of two Indonesian women who were found in his upscale Hong Kong apartment on November 1, 2014..
On the first day of what is Hong Kong’s biggest murder case for years, Jutting, 31, entered his official plea for the first time at the city’s High Court.
“Not guilty to murder by reason of diminished responsibility, but guilty to manslaughter,” a calm Jutting said when entering his plea for the two murder charges.
Clean-shaven and wearing a dark-blue shirt, he pleaded guilty to a third charge of preventing the burial of a body.
The former Bank of America Merrill Lynch employee faces a three-week jury trial and would face life in prison if convicted on the murder charges.
Seneng Mujiasih and Sumarti Ningsih, both in their 20s, were found dead in Jutting’s flat in the early hours, after he called police to the scene.
The killings shocked the city, which is generally regarded as safe place.
Jutting was deemed fit to stand trial following psychiatric tests and is being held at a maximum-security prison.
The high-flying Cambridge graduate previously worked as a securities trader in Hong Kong.
Outside the court, a small group of protesters from Indonesian migrant worker organizations called for a “speedy and fair trial” and for compensation for the victims’ families.