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Timeline: Karen Aim murder

A 15-year-old has been given a life sentence for the murder of Orkney woman Karen Aim in New Zealand.

The 26-year-old died in the North Island resort of Taupo in January last year after being attacked with a baseball bat.

Her death united two shocked communities on different sides of the world. Here is how events unfolded.

26 MARCH 2009

A New Zealand teenager is jailed for life for the murder of Karen Aim.

Jah che Broughton, 15, who admitted the killing, is the youngest New Zealander to receive a life sentence.


Karen Aim

Broughton pleads guilty to murdering Ms Aim by attacking her with a baseball bat as she returned home from a night out in Taupo.

Her parents, who were in court, say she had been taken from them in "one moment's madness".


The teenager accused of murdering Ms Aim told a college security guard that he knew who had attacked her, a court hears.


Broughton, now aged 15, appears in court charged with the murder of Orkney backpacker Ms Aim.

18 MARCH 2008

Relatives of Ms Aim say they are "very glad" about developments as a 14-year-old boy is charged with the murder.

Speaking from their home in Orkney, her father Brian says it is a "great comfort" to know someone has been charged.

But he adds: "That is overruled by the fact that it will not bring Karen back."

29 JANUARY 2008

Hundreds of mourners gather to say farewell to Ms Aim as she is buried in Orkney.

The minister at East Mainland Church in Holm, where the funeral service took place, says she was a "very special person, blessed by God".

28 JANUARY 2008

The body of the Orkney backpacker murdered in New Zealand arrives back home in the Scottish islands.

24 JANUARY 2008

A 14-year-old boy is arrested by police investigating the killing of Ms Aim.

However, officers in Taupo say they are making no connection with her death at this stage.

21 JANUARY 2008

A specialist criminal profiling unit is called in to help investigate the murder of Ms Aim.

20 JANUARY 2008

The father of Karen Aim tells of his family's devastation at the death of his "bubbly" daughter.

Brian Aim describes his daughter as a "ray of sunshine" and says hearing news of her death felt like "watching a bad film".

18 JANUARY 2008

CCTV images of the last known moments of Karen Aim before her brutal murder are released.

The footage shows her visiting a garage after a night out.

18 JANUARY 2008

People in Orkney speak of their shock after the "horrible" news of Ms Aim's murder.

Local minister Miriam Gross says the community is pulling together to support relatives at their time of need.

18 JANUARY 2008

Ms Aim dies after being attacked while on a working holiday in New Zealand.

The 26-year-old, who had been in New Zealand since October, dies in hospital after receiving serious head injuries.

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