Amber-Rose Rush murder-accused has application for trial in another city denied

Venod Skantha is accused of murdering 16-year-old Amber-Rose Rush.
Venod Skantha is accused of murdering 16-year-old Amber-Rose Rush. Photo credit: Facebook/Venod Skantha

The Dunedin doctor accused of murdering teenager Amber-Rose Rush has had his application to move his trial out of the Otago city denied. 

Sixteen-year-old Amber-Rose was found dead at an address on Clermiston Ave, Dunedin, on February 3 last year. 

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

Skantha applied to the High Court to have his trial moved to another city in August due to concerns he wouldn't get a fair trial in Dunedin. 

However, the High Court has denied the application.

Amber-Rose Rush and her mother Lisa Ann.
Amber-Rose Rush and her mother Lisa Ann. Photo credit: Supplied

A High Court judgement reads "Justice [Gerald] Nation held that it will be possible to empanel a jury for Dr Skantha's trial in Dunedin that will be able to keep to their judicial promise to reach a verdict solely on the evidence that is put before them".

The judgement states that Justice Nation is satisfied it will be possible to hold a jury trial in Dunedin where jurors "will be able to reach a verdict solely on the evidence, uninfluenced by feelings of prejudice or sympathy".

The trial is likely to go ahead later this year. 

Skantha is represented by high profile Christchurch lawyer Jonathan Eaton QC. 

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