Kathy Lin, the wife of the man accused of killing five members of the Lin family, has cast doubt on the case, saying her husband did not need money, nor was he envious of her brother and his family.
Lian Bin (Robert) Xie is charged with killing his brother-in-law, Min "Norman" Lin, 45, his sister-in-law Yun Li "Lillie" Lin, 43, her sister, Yun Bin "Irene" Lin, 39, and two boys aged nine and 12 in their North Epping home in the early hours of July 18, 2009. They had been beaten to death.
Police allege Mr Xie, 48, was motivated by a deep-seated resentment towards his brother and sister-in-law.
But in a committal hearing at Central Local Court today, Ms Lin, 43, said that, although she and her husband were not working in 2009, they were financially secure after selling their restaurant in Melbourne and from share trading in Australia and Hong Kong.
Min and Lillie worked very long days at their newsagency and she and her husband spent a lot of time with the two boys, including picking them up from school and playing badminton, Ms Lin said.
Although the families were "very close", The couples did not discuss their respective financial situations, she said.
Mr Xie's barrister, Graham Turnbull, SC, asked Ms Lin if her husband and her brother ever argued or had problems with each other.
"Never," she replied.
The two men had spent the evening having dinner at Ms Lin's parents' Merrylands unit and nothing seemed out of the ordinary, she said.
On the morning of July 18, she said her husband woke up beside her wearing the same clothes he had worn to bed.
"Was there anything that he did that was out of the ordinary or caused you concern?" Mr Turnbull asked.
"No. [He was] just normal," she said.
The committal hearing, which will decide whether Mr Xie should stand trial, continues before magistrate John Andrews.