Man accused of murdering Dunedin teen pleads not guilty

Amber-Rose Rush with her mum Lisa Ann.
Amber-Rose Rush with her mum Lisa Ann. Photo credit: Supplied

A 30-year-old health professional has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Dunedin teenager Amber-Rose Rush.

Ms Rush,16, was found dead at her house on Clermiston Ave, Dunedin on February 3. 

He entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday morning in the Dunedin High Court.

Initially he lost interim name suppression but his defence counsel Marie Taylor-Cyphers said she would appeal the decision, so name suppression continued.

It is believed the defendant was known to the victim.

The man is also charged with four counts of threatening to kill a woman and three men in Balclutha.

An additional charge was added on Tuesday, the nature of which was suppressed.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The man was remanded in custody and is due to reappear in court March 27.

Defence was granted 48 hours to file an appeal against lifting the name suppression.