28 Aug 2018

Accused killer of Amber-Rose Rush wants trial moved

11:38 am on 28 August 2018

The accused killer of Dunedin teen Amber-Rose Rush is seeking to have the trial for the murder moved from the city.

Venod Skantha

Venod Skantha Photo: RNZ / Tim Brown

Venod Skantha, who worked as a doctor at Dunedin Hospital at the time of the 16-year-old's death, has been charged with Miss Rush's murder in February as well as three charges of threatening to kill and one count of indecent assault.

The 30-year-old appeared in the High Court in Dunedin this morning.

His lawyer, Jonathan Eaton QC, told the court the defence wants to move the trial out of Dunedin.

The trial is set down for March next year.

A hearing to determine if the trial will be held in Dunedin or elsewhere will be heard in November.

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