Amber-Rose Rush murder-accused wants to move trial from Dunedin

Amber-Rose Rush murder-accused wants to move trial from Dunedin
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The Dunedin doctor accused of murdering teenager Amber-Rose Rush is trying to have his trial moved to a new city. 

Sixteen-year-old Amber-Rose was found dead at an address on Clermiston Ave, Dunedin, in early Feburary.

Venod Skantha, 30, has been charged with her murder and police say he was known to her.

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

Skantha appeared in the Dunedin High Court on Tuesday morning and is expected to face trial next March.

On Tuesday he applied to move the trial to another city due to concerns he won't get a fair trial in Dunedin.

A hearing on the trial's location will be held in November, where social media experts will be called to give evidence relating to publicity surrounding the case. 

Skantha's Auckland-based defence lawyer Mark Ryan was replaced by high-profile Christchurch lawyer Jonathan Eaton QC on Tuesday, who will now represent Skantha. 

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