Robert Xie, seen arriving at court in December during his murder trial, will die in jail after being handed five life sentences for the mass murder of the Lin family.
Robert Xie, seen arriving at court in December during his murder trial, will die in jail after being handed five life sentences for the mass murder of the Lin family. News Corp Australia

Xie verdict: Mass murderer to die in prison

MASS murderer Robert Xie will die in jail after he was given five life sentences for the deaths of five members of the Lin family in their North Epping home in 2009.

Xie showed no emotion as Justice Elizabeth Fullerton handed down her sentence while his wife Kathy hardly moved.

Outside court she said her husband was innocent and that he would be making an application to appeal.

"Robert's innocent he did not kill my brother's family. He is a loving and caring family man," she said.

"He is a good husband, father, son, uncle and friend.

"Robert has a good relationship with my family. he was wrongly charged with a crime he did not commit - he is a scapegoat in this injustice."

"He is a good husband, father, son, uncle and friend.

"Robert has a good relationship with my family. he was wrongly charged with a crime he did not commit - he is a scapegoat in this injustice."

 

The Lin family were murdered in their sleep by Robert Xie.
The Lin family were murdered in their sleep by Robert Xie. News Corp Australia

In handing down her sentence, Justice Fullerton called the murders "heinous in the extreme".

After four trials - a jury finally found Xie guilty of bludgeoning his wife's family to death as they slept in their beds - motivated by jealousy because of his perceived subordinate status in the family.

During his trial the court also learned of a sexual motive - the details of which cannot be reported for legal reasons.

After cutting the power to the Lin family house, Xie used a key that he was entrusted with to enter their Boundary Rd home before creeping upstairs to their bedrooms.

Using an "improvised hammer-like object" he killed his brother-in-law Min "Norman" Lin, 45, Mr Lin's wife Yun Li "Lily" Lin, 43, her sister Yun Bin "Irene", 39, and the Lins' two young boys Henry, 12, and Terry, 9, in July 2009.

The Lin family were well known to the Epping community - with Min Lin being the owner of the local newsagency.

Xie and his wife Kathy "discovered" the bodies of the Lin family after a number of people had contacted them, concerned the newsagency had not opened.

It was the Crown's case that Xie had sedated Kathy on the night of the murders and Xie had implied to a man known only as "witness A" that he had drugged her.

 

Kathy Lin, the wife of Lian Bin
Kathy Lin, the wife of Lian Bin "Robert" Xie, has never wavered in her support for her husband. News Corp Australia

During the 53-year-old's sentencing hearing last Friday Crown Prosecutor Tanya Smith said the only punishment could be life imprisonment for each of the murders.

"The case before the court involved a trusted relative slaying all bar one of an entire family in the most brutal, callous and calculated fashion and he did so while they were in their bedrooms in their quiet suburban home - a place where they were all entitled to be safe and secure and a place where young Terry and Henry should have been able to happily pursue their childhood," Ms Smith said in front a packed sitting of the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

A relative of the Lin family - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - spoke about how she lives with constant nightmares and mental health issues.

"There are not enough words to describe the pain and suffering this has caused me and to those around me," the relative said.

"It has completely changed my life. I do not think that there will be any one aspect of my life that would be the same if this crime had not occurred.

Xie has always maintained his innocence and his wife Kathy has told The Daily Telegraph she will never stop fighting for her husband.

"This has destroyed my family - we were just a simple, happy family," Ms Lin she said in an exclusive interview.

"I know who my husband is and I know he had a good relationship with my parents, my brother and my brother's children - he loved them so much.

"In the early stages of the investigation, the police believed there was more than one person involved. No one could have done this by themselves. Not one person did this."

And it has been hard for Ms Lin - having lost five members of her family and then having her parents turn against her for supporting her husband.

She has visited Xie almost every week of the 4½ years he has spent in custody - at Long Bay, Parklea and more recently, Silverwater Correctional Centre.

News Corp Australia


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