Kiwi Polemicist

February 5, 2009

15 year old admits to murder of Karen Aim

The NZ Herald is reporting that 15 year old Jahche Te Manawa Kaha Brougton has admitted to the murder of Karen Aim, a Scottish tourist.

It is not only very sad that Ms Aim was murdered, but it is also sad that a fourteen year old (as he was at the time) can be depraved to the point of being able to kill someone. Usually people take longer to develop that degree of perversion.

There are a couple of particularly disturbing aspects to this case:

  1. Ms Aim’s underwear was torn, so this attack clearly has a sexual component and/or motive
  2. Broughton has also plead guilty to “wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm” in regard to an attack on a 17 year old woman twelve days before Ms Aim was killed

I’ve done some reading about this sort of thing and my impression is that Broughton is a serial rapist and/or murderer who is starting his career; this phase is characterised by inexpert and incomplete attacks on weaker victims (I understand that Ms Aim was petite). Broughton could well be a psychopath or a sociopath and it is highly likely that we will hear more about him in future crime columns.

What are your thoughts regarding this case and the two disturbing aspects that I have mentioned?

I have described how children turn into criminals in an earlier post.



  1. hes a good kid, none of you’s know him the way his JHC boys know him so leave him alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Comment by J.H.C — March 2, 2009 @ 10:58 am

    • J.H.C: thank you for your comment. I do not agree with what you say, but I will continue to defend your right to say it.

      Comment by kiwipolemicist — March 2, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

      • I agree jahche was a nice boy.
        I knew him well too.
        I cant belive you could say he was a rapist.
        You dont even know him.
        Dont judge thats just stupid.
        idont know why jahce did it !
        iknow if his boys were there & had just said dont he wouldnt of.
        I reckon he was forced ?
        Never know.

        Comment by Chubbs — April 16, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

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