The motive for the family massacre that stopped Australia can finally be revealed as the sole survivor of Robert Xie’s brutal attack breaks her silence.
Brenda Lin was on an overseas school trip the night her five family members – Min Lin, 45, his wife Lily, 43, the couple’s sons Henry, 12, and Terry, 9, and Lily’s 39-year-old sister Irene – were bludgeoned and strangled to death by her uncle in their Sydney home in July 2009.
On Monday, Xie was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences in prison for the horrific crimes, without the possibility of parole.
By speaking to Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program, the identity of Min and Lily’s daughter, Brenda Lin, can be revealed, along with a motive for the killings that was previously unreported.
Fairfax reports that prosecutors argued there was a sexual motive to Xie’s attack.
The court heard that Xie inappropriately touched Ms Lin, now aged in her 20s but a teen at the time, before the murders.
After her family was killed she was then regularly sexually assaulted until Xie was arrested in May 2011, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Ms Lin had moved in with Xie and his wife Kathy Lin after her family was killed and it was there that the sexual abuse occurred.
It was this, the prosecutors argued, that motivated Xie to commit the crimes. With her family members dead, he could have complete access to Ms Lin, it was argued.