Accused of murder: Robert Xie. Photo: Danielle Smith
The case of murder against Lian Bin "Robert" Xie is like a jigsaw puzzle with each piece of evidence fitting together to give the whole picture, Senior Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC has told a Sydney jury.
Mr Xie is accused of murdering Min Lin, 45; Mr Lin’s wife, Yun Li Lin, 44; their sons Henry, 12, and Terry, 9; and Ms Lin’s sister, Yun Bin "Irene" Yin, 39.
Mr Lin, known as Norman, and Ms Lin, known as Lily, owned and ran a newsagency called the Epping Central Newsagency in Epping .
They were killed in their North Epping home in the early hours of July 18, 2009.
On Friday, Mr Tedeschi told the jury of 15 in the NSW Supreme Court that there was no issue that the five members of the Lin family were killed and that their killer intended to cause their deaths.
‘‘The issue in this trial is: Has the Crown proven beyond reasonable doubt that the person who caused these deaths was the accused, Mr Robert Xie?’’ Mr Tedeschi said.
Mr Xie, 50, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder. He is married to Kathy Lin, who was Mr Lin’s sister.
Mr Xie was an ear, nose and throat specialist in his native China before leaving the medical profession and working as a factory manager.
He migrated to Australia in 2002 and ran a restaurant in Melbourne until 2005 when he moved to Sydney with his wife.
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