Amelia Wade is a court reporter for the New Zealand Herald

Jane Sabine thanks New Zealanders for support

Jane Sabine was abandoned with four siblings by her parents when she was just 3. Photo / Nick Reed
Jane Sabine was abandoned with four siblings by her parents when she was just 3. Photo / Nick Reed

The daughter of murder accused Leigh Ann Sabine has thanked New Zealanders for donations to help her get to the UK to meet the family she never knew she had.

Jane Sabine, abandoned with four siblings by her parents when she was just 3, last month launched a Givealittle page to pay for a trip to the UK to meet newly discovered family.

Leigh Sabine is suspected of the 1997 murder of her husband, John Henry Sabine. The couple had been living in Wales after abandoning their children in New Zealand.

It was only after Leigh Sabine died of brain cancer last year that the body of her husband was found in the garden of her council flat in Pontypridd, South Wales.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from blunt force trauma to the head.

READ MORE: 'The perfect murder': Leigh-Ann Sabine's daughter speaks out

Since Jane Sabine spoke out about her family and started a fundraising page more than $1100 has been donated. The 50-year-old said she very much appreciated the generosity of New Zealanders.

One donor said they were touched by her story and wished her luck on her journey.

"I also lost my mum when I was 3 - of natural causes - but I know how much it has affected me and I can't imagine what it must have been like for you."

Jane said the support meant "the world" to her.

"Imagine: no parents, no grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousin. This has been my life. Until now," Ms Sabine wrote on the Givealittle page.

"I am hoping with the help of some amazing people I will be able to raise enough to go to Wales and meet family I have never known ... and heal the little girl inside.

"I have a yearn (sic) to know, to find and to seek my sense of belonging that is so very weak."

- NZ Herald

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