POLICE have charged a family member with the high profile brutal killing of the Lin family in Epping in 2009.
Robert Xie, 47, the brother-in-law of Min Lin was arrested at his home in North Epping just after 9am.
Detectives with Strike Force Norburn took Xie to Parramatta Police Station and charged with five counts of murder.
Robert Xie chose not to appear in Parramatta Local Court when the charges were mentioned. He did not make an application for bail and it was formally refused by the magistrate.
The charges were adjourned to Central Local Court on July 1.
Yun Li “Lilly” Lin, 43, her newsagent husband Min Lin, 45, their sons, and the boys’ aunt, Lilly’s sister Irene, were bludgeoned to death as they lay in their beds.
The investigations were launched following the discovery of the bodies inside their home on Boundary Rd at North Epping on the morning of Saturday 18 July 2009.
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Her father, Min Lin and mother, Yun Li ‘Lillie’ Lin, were bludgeoned to death at their suburban Boundary Road home, with sons Henry and Terry, and aunt, Yun Bin ‘Irene’ Lin on the morning of Saturday 18 July 2009.
Brenda, 15, was the only member of the immediate family to survive. She was on a school trip in New Caledonia with her Cheltenham Girls classmates, when she learnt the news of the murders via Facebook.
Just after 9am today, Mr Xie was arrested without incident at a home in North Epping, police said.
He was taken to Parramatta Police Station where charges are expected to be laid.
The arrest follows a major investigation undertaken by the NSW Police Force spanning nearly two years.
Strike Force Norburn was established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths and comprises detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, with assistance from the Eastwood Local Area Command.
Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Peter Cotter said, “This was a tragic incident and one of the largest single homicides in NSW history.
“The investigators have never given up, and today is testimony to their dedication, and the culmination of 2 years of intense investigation,” Det Supt Cotter said.
Brenda Lin thought killings a cruel joke
August 15, 2009
AT FIRST Brenda Lin thought it was a joke. Then she felt nauseous when she found out her family had been murdered.
Brenda, 15, was on a school vacation in New Caledonia with her Cheltenham Girls classmates, when she learnt the news of the murders via Facebook.
Her parents, Min Lin and Yun Li ”Lillie” Lin, were bludgeoned to death at their North Epping home, with her brothers Henry and Terry, and her aunt, Yun Bin ”Irene” Lin.
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”We decided we would use the internet and go on Facebook to see what all our friends were doing in the holidays and talk to them and catch up,” she told Channel Nine. ”And then everyone started asking if I was OK … someone said that my family was murdered and I couldn’t believe it.
”At first I thought it was just like some cruel joke that they were playing on me and it’s not funny. I didn’t think that could happen to my family and at first I guess I felt really dizzy and I don’t know, I was really shocked and I just couldn’t really think or see anything straight.”
It is understood police have had little result from forensic tests as a result of painstaking examination of the Lins’ house, and have yet to establish a firm motive.
Brenda revealed the psychological trauma she had endured since the murders, saying she had still not come to terms with life without her family.
”I still wake up each morning thinking, ‘Oh yeah, Mum and Dad are going to be downstairs making breakfast and Henry and Terry will be playing on the computer or something’,” she said.
”I don’t think right now I realise what has all happened. I think some time soon everything will just come crashing down on me and I’ll finally realise.”
Five bodies found in Epping home
Five bodies discovered in Epping home Another family member discovered bodies Police start murder investigation
HOMICIDE police are piecing together the gruesome details of a possible murder-suicide that has left five people dead, including a mother and her two young sons, in Sydney’s northwest.
The bodies of a woman in her mid-40s, her 12 and nine-year-old sons, a 46-year-old man and 40-year-old woman were found this morning at a house in quiet, suburban Boundary Road, North Epping.
A relative of the dead mother made the devastating discovery.
Police, who say the bodies were found in several rooms, believe the tragedy was “domestic related”.
Part of Boundary Street was cordoned off while detectives canvassed neighbours for information.
Acting Superintendent Stephen Henkel said the possibility of murder-suicide was being investigated and only post-mortem examinations would determine how all five died.
He declined to comment on the relationship between the victims and would not say what, if any, weapons were used.
“It’s going to be a long and protracted inquiry and those details are not available at this time,” he told reporters at the murder scene.
Supt Henkel said officers who attended the scene would be given counselling if needed.
The family member who discovered the bodies had been taken to hospital and was receiving counselling, he said.
’A nice, normal family’
“Any incidents like this is upsetting for any person, not only police, but also other people,” he said.
“Their welfare is being looked after.
“The loss of life in any incident is tragic and this is one of those incidents which is a tragic case.”
A stunned neighbour described the Asian family as “very nice”.
“They’re a family of five, their kids went to the local school,” neighbour Pamela Burgess said.
“They were very nice, they were normal.”
Ms Burgess said she did not see or hear anything untoward over the past 48 hours.
“I bump into them from time to time and nothing seemed out of the ordinary,” she said.