Lack of parental supervision is one of the main factors in violent youth offending, Rotorua coroner Wallace Bain has said at an inquest.
Dr Bain was commenting at the inquest of the death of Scottish tourist Karen Aim in January 2008, in Taupo Coroners Court today.
Ms Aim, 27, was severely bashed by a teenager near her Taupo flat as she walked home after socialising with friends.
She suffered serious brain injuries and died in Taupo Hospital.
A year later Jache Broughton, 14, of Taupo, pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years.
Broughton pleaded before trial and has never given an explanation of motive for the attack on Ms Aim.
Dr Bain said parental supervision had completely failed in this case.
He reserved his findings but said he would be highlighting serious youth offending occurring where there was no supervision by adults.
Dr Bain said New Zealand had the fourth worst statistics in the developed world, after Mexico, Finland and Hungary, for violent youth offending.
Ms Aim's parents, Brian and Peggy Aim, of Holm ,in the Orkney Islands, did not travel to the inquest.
In a telephone call with The Dominion Post after the inquest, Mr Aim said he agreed with the coroner's comments that the lack of parental supervision of Broughton had contributed to his daughter 's death.
"I do not expect anything new to come from the evidence from what we already have been given by the police," he said.
He said he would still like to know why Broughton murdered his only daughter.
"I doubt I will ever expect to be given the answer.
"I think he was in a rage when Karen walked by."
Mr Aim praised the work of the police in solving the murder of his daughter.
Jache Broughton mother, Eugenie Broughton, did not wish to comment on the inquest.
Dr Bain said he expected to make his reserved findings public before Christmas.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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