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A doctor who killed Dunedin teen Amber-Rose Rush has been jailed for at least 19 years. Venod Skantha was found guilty of murdering the year-old, who suffered multiple stab wounds to the back of her neck, after a jury trial late last year. The year-old, who was also found guilty of four charges of threatening to kill relating to a star witness and his family, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a year non-parole period by Justice Gerald Nation in the High Court at Dunedin on Friday.
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Within months the pair were regularly spending time together, there was even talk on Miss Rush and her best friend moving into Skantha's home. The teenager then called the policeleading to Skantha's arrest and the police investigation. He told her not to be a drama queen, stop spreading rumours about him and that he always bought her stuff.
That prompted a mutual friend of the pair - the prosecution's key witness - to alert Skantha to the posts and the allegations in their contents. Her last message to Skantha read: "You know what you were doing when you did it. Photo: Supplied.
Doctor who murdered dunedin teen amber-rose rush jailed
At the meeting, Skantha questioned whether the death was suicide and, when told it was not, he offered possible suspects including the partner of Lisa Rush. She was expecting him earlier in the evening to some legal documents but told him not to come after he was late.
Tags: crime. I'm doing the world a favour people like you don't deserve to walk freely," Miss Rush responded.
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It reignited their message exchange and Miss Rush indicated to Skantha she was going to go to the police and his bosses at the Southern DHB with her claims. The fatal blow was 11 centimetres long and about five to six centimetres deep at its deepest point.
Skantha and his friend arrived at about 2. The pair met through a mutual friend at a party at Skantha's flat in mid - a teenage boy who would later become the prosecution's key witness.
New Zealand RSS. Follow RNZ News. Dunedin teenager Amber-Rose Rush was stabbed to death in her bed in February last year. The following day Skantha suggested the group have a bonfire to toast marshmallows.
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Her mother, Lisa Rush, went to wake her daughter and found her face down in a pool of blood, her head covered by pillows. It marked the end of their involvement until Skantha messaged the year-old on 2 February after a purchase was made using his credit card on Wish.
The teenager told Skantha a spare key was located under a Buddha statue outside the home's front door. New Zealand Covid summary: Mandatory vaccinations, 35 cases and no changes to alert levels Contact of positive case who travelled throughout Northland located Alert levels remain unchanged, NZ at one of 'most challenging moments' in pandemic Covid Person tests positive at Middlemore Hospital, 40 patients considered contacts Mandatory vaccinations announced for health, education sector workers As it happened: Covid updates for 11 October.
The court has heard evidence over the past three weeks that casts doubt on whether the incident occurred, but all agree, including the defence, that Skantha made an offer of money to Miss Rush to have sex with her. Miss Rush told friends she awokeafter falling asleep on Skantha's couch, to find his hand down her pants, and her bra and top removed.
Almost 22 months on, a jury has convicted her one-time friend Venod Skantha of her murder. For that you deserve everything you're gonna get".
The teenager pulled over on the way to Miss Rush's home and drew directions to her room on the car's dashboard. Top News stories Covid summary: Mandatory vaccinations, 35 cases and no changes to alert levels Contact of positive case who travelled throughout Northland located Alert levels remain unchanged, NZ at one of 'most challenging moments' in pandemic Covid Person tests positive at Middlemore Hospital, 40 patients considered contacts Northland frustrated as Covid case avoids authorities.
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He used the fire to burn his bloodied clothes and Miss Rush's driver's licence and phone case. The teenager then drove Skantha to Blackhead Quarry to dispose of the phone and back to his Duxford Crescent home to clean up the car.
Almost two years on and after a three-week-long trial, Venod Skantha has been convicted of her murder.
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When junior doctor Venod Skantha moved to Dunedin inhis life quickly began to spiral out of control.
The former Dunedin doctor who murdered Dunedin teenager Amber-Rose Rush has had his appeal dismissed.
Venod Skantha, 33, died in a suspected suicide behind bars on Wednesday, the same day he learned an appeal against his conviction had been rejected.
Amber-Rose Rush was a year-old New Zealander whose death in Dunedin in February drew extensive national media coverage.