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Father Says He Retains Love Of NZ Despite Daughter's Killing

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Karen Aim
Karen Aim

Auckland, Feb 5 NZPA - Brian Aim says he hasn't lost his love of New Zealand, despite his daughter's brutal slaying in Taupo.

Scottish tourist Karen Aim, 27, was killed when walking home alone from a Taupo nightclub early on January 17 last year.

Jahche Te Manawa Kaha Broughton, who was 14 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty today to Miss Aim's murder.

Mr Aim, who arrived in New Zealand last month with his wife and son from the remote Orkney Islands to attend Broughton's trial, said he made the first of his three trips to New Zealand 34 years ago.

"My grandfather came with me on that holiday to make sure I got back on the plane to Orkney," he said.

"I love the place. You have the most beautiful country. Terrible acts of violence happen all over the world. We are the victims of a terrible act in your country."

The Aims learnt of Karen's death when two police officers made a 4.30am call to their house to break the news to them.

"The first few days were devastating," he said.

"We -- Peggy, Alan and myself -- cried for three days."

It was, he said, like watching a bad film on television and being unable to change the channel.

There was plenty of support from New Zealand, with about 200 to 300 messages of sympathy sent from strangers.

"Ten couples from New Zealand, none of them I'd met before, came to our door and on behalf of the people in New Zealand said sorry," he said.

"They all offered us accommodation should we require it when we came out to New Zealand. Out of the most terrible act there has been kindness beyond what we could have ever imagined."

The Aims went to Taupo on Monday, taking flowers to the site where Karen was fatally attacked.

The days was bright and sunny, with a holiday atmosphere in town, and it produced "such mixed feelings".

The family intend staying in New Zealand until the end of next month.

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