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  • Sep 19, 2014
  • Updated: 8:19pm

Bitterness drove killer of Chinese-Australian family of five, court told

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 May, 2014, 9:40pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 May, 2014, 11:21am

A man accused of murdering five members of a Chinese-Australian family went on trial yesterday, with a court hearing Robert Xie was motivated by bitterness when he bludgeoned them with "a hammer-like object".

Xie, 50, is charged with killing his Chinese-born brother-in-law Norman Lin, Lin's wife, Lily, their sons Henry, 12, and Terry, nine, and Lily's sister Irene.

They were found dead at their Sydney home in July 2009 in a case that shocked Australia.

The sole surviving member of the family was not home that night.

Xie, an ear, nose and throat surgeon in China before moving to Australia in 2002, has pleaded not guilty.

Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi told the court the murders were committed sometime after midnight and before newsagent Norman Lin was due to get up at 5am to do his early morning paper run.

The three adults were killed in their beds, suffering particularly brutal injuries, with their faces "smashed by a hammer-like object" with a rope attached to it.

The children were killed in their rooms, with one hit 18 times.

"It is the crown case that the assailant was motivated by bitterness towards the family in the commission of these murders," Tedeschi said in his opening address.

"The assailant came into the home prepared for the commission of the offences. It was not a robbery or a sexual attack."


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I find it inconceivable that a man who was an ear, nose and throat surgeon in China could commit such a crime. A vocation where saving life and treating suffering are paramount simply doesn't add up to such a brutal attack on family members.
With a crime like this, imprisonment itself would be a death penalty, as I don't think even most criminals could allow such a man to live.
Whatever happens, he brought this on himself.


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