7 Mar 2018

Suppressions remain for man accused of murdering teen

2:05 pm on 7 March 2018

The man accused of murdering Dunedin teenager Amber-Rose Rush will continue to have his identity suppressed until the suppression is argued in the Court of Appeal.

Amber-Rose Rush.

Amber-Rose Rush. Photo: Supplied

The man appeared in Dunedin District Court yesterday to face one charge of murder, four counts of threatening to kill, and another charge the details of which are suppressed.

Justice Gerald Nation lifted his name suppression but his lawyer, Marie Taylor-Cyphers, indicated that decision would be appealed.

A Court of Appeal spokesperson confirmed this afternoon that appeal has been filed, though no date for a hearing has yet been set.

Ms Rush, 16, was killed late on 2 February at her Corstorphine home in Dunedin. Her body was discovered by her family the following morning.

The threatening-to-kill charges relate to an incident in Balclutha on 3 February while the suppressed charge, which the Crown contends relates to Ms Rush's death, occurred the month before.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all charges during his appearance in court yesterday.

The man was so eager to enter his not guilty pleas a court official had to ask the accused to allow him to finish reading the charges before he responded.

Justice Nation initially granted the man continued suppression for 48 hours to allow the appeal to be filed.

That suppression order covered his name, specifics of his occupation and any other identifying details.

He was remanded in custody until later this month.