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Body in garden unlawfully killed: coroner

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016

An ex-immigrant to New Zealand found buried in a Welsh garden was unlawfully killed, a coroner has ruled.

John Sabine, who once settled in New Zealand with his wife Ann, known as Leigh, disappeared in 1997 and his plastic-wrapped skeleton was found buried in Ms Sabine's garden at the end of 2015.

Ms Sabine, who died in October, is the main suspect in his death.

Now, a South Wales coroner has ruled foul play was involved in Mr Sabine's death, the BBC reported.

An inquest was told Ms Sabine admitted killing her husband with an ornamental stone frog, in a phone call to a friend.

The coroner said there was no recorded history of domestic violence, or that Ms Sabine acted in self-defence, the BBC reported.

The couple came to New Zealand in the 1960s, but returned to Wales, leaving their four children in the care of welfare services here.

Mr Sabine's remains were discovered last November above ground wrapped in plastic sheeting outside flats in Beddau, near Pontypridd.

He would now have been 85-years-old.

It is believed he moved to the area with his wife in 1997 and had not been seen since then.

Son Steve, who lives in Taranaki, was overwhelmed to hear the news of his father's body being discovered last year, Wales Online reported.

Despite not being seen for 18 years Mr Sabine was not reported missing as the children were estranged from their parents.

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