2 Oct 2008

Trial date set over Scottish tourist's murder

4:05 pm on 2 October 2008

A trial date has been set for the youth accused of murdering Scottish tourist Karen Aim in Taupo in January.

The youth, who was 14 at the time, has pleaded not guilty to killing Miss Aim on 17 January.

She died from head injuries after being attacked late at night while walking home.

The accused made an appearance in the High Court in Rotorua on Wednesday and will stand trial on 9 Feburary.

Art scholarships established

A memorial scholarship has been created in Taupo in memory of Miss Aim.

Youth art scholarships of $2000 each will be awarded to two senior Taupo students annually.

Organisers say the idea came from Miss Aim's love of visual arts and her work in the field while she was living in Taupo.

Winners of the scholarships will be required to produce a piece of visual art for permanent display in Taupo or the Orkney Isles in Scotland, Miss Aim's home.