New Zealand teenager who murdered British tourist Karen Aim sentenced to life in jail

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A teenage boy who murdered British tourist Karen Aim in New Zealand has been sentenced to life in prison and ordered to serve at least 12 and a half years.

Miss Aim, 26, was killed as she made her way home from a night out with friends in the North Island resort town of Taupo on Jan 17 last year.

Jahche Broughton, 15, last month pleaded guilty to killing Miss Aim. He was just 14 at the time of the murder and has become the youngest person in New Zealand to be given a life sentence.

Miss Aim, from Orkney, was found by police called to investigate a vandalism spree at Taupo Nui a Tia College on January 17.

She was taken to Taupo Hospital but died a short time later.

Broughton was also sentenced to six years to be served concurrently for injuring a 17-year-old woman with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm a fortnight before the attack on Miss Aim.

Both of Karen's parents travelled to Rotorua from Scotland for the hearing. Karen's mother Peggy fought back tears during the sentencing.

According to New Zealand media reports, Mr Aim read a victim impact statement to the court, telling the judge he had a broken heart.

Mr Aim said he had hoped to walk his daughter down the aisle in a wedding dress. Instead, he had to carry her coffin.

Speaking at an earlier heraing when Broughton pleaded guilty, Karen's father Brian Aim said: "He will never know what he has taken away from us, but we are pleased the boy decided to plead guilty.

"When on January 17 last year two policeman came to our door at 4.30 in the morning to tell me Karen had been killed, I just felt a section of my life drain out of me.

"We were prepared to hear anything in court because there is nothing that can have a bigger effect on you than being told your daughter has been murdered." continues here

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