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Inmate recounts conversations with Xie

AAP logoAAP 18/10/2016 Margaret Scheikowski

The man accused of murdering five relatives in their home had discussed framing a recently deceased person for the killings, a Sydney jury has been told.

A former fellow inmate of Robert Xie said another "fanciful" plan discussed by them involved the planting of DNA from a corpse on the murder weapon.

Xie, 52, has pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering five relatives of his wife in their bedrooms at their Sydney home in the early hours of July 18, 2009.

His newsagent brother-in-law Min Lin, 45, his wife Lily, 43, her sister Irene, 39, and their sons Henry, 12, and Terry, 9, all suffered horrific head injuries inflicted with a hammer-like object that has never been found.

The crown alleges Xie was motivated by bitterness because he believed he wasn't given the respect and admiration he deserved in the extended family.

Xie's former fellow inmate, who can only be referred to as Mr A, has given evidence about numerous conversations the two men had, some while he wore a listening device and which he relayed to police.

On Tuesday, he told the jury of a plan involving a "candidate" who would be set up for the killings.

"We would plant certain items at that residence that would link the person to the murders," he said.

"According to the accused he had to be of a certain age, not in custody at the time of the murder, had to be in the country at the time of the murder ... not have a great family base and extremely preferable that his first name was Rob."

Xie referred to information about the layout of the residence, the business hours of the newsagent, and an outline of a key, Mr A said.

Over the time of his co-operation with police, Mr A said he had received $4910 and discounts on his sentences for various offences.

Under cross-examination, Mr A said he did not recall Xie telling him he was asleep with his wife at the time of the murders.

"He may have said `I didn't do it', but there were other things said that were completely contrary to that," he said.

The trial is continuing.

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