24 Nov 2020

Venod Skantha takes murder conviction to Court of Appeal

From Midday Report, 12:46 pm on 24 November 2020

A former Dunedin doctor convicted of murdering teenager Amber-Rose Rush continues to maintain his innocence and claims there has been a miscarriage of justice.

Venod Skantha was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 19 years in March.

At trial, the jury heard Skantha stabbed the 16-year-old to death in her bed in February 2018 after she threatened to come forward with claims of sexual assault, providing minors with alcohol and offering money for sex.

Māni Dunlop spoke to RNZ's court reporter, Jonathan Mitchell, from the Court of Appeal in Wellington.