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Jury to deliberate at Xie murder trial

AAP logoAAP 29/12/2016 By Margaret Scheikowski

A jury will begin its deliberations on Friday morning at the retrial of Robert Xie who is accused of murdering five members of the Lin family in their Sydney bedrooms.

XIe, 53, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the relatives of his wife Kathy Lin in their North Epping home in the early hours of July 18, 2009.

In the NSW Supreme Court late on Thursday afternoon, Justice Elizabeth Fullerton formally ordered the nine men and three women to retire but said they could begin their deliberations at 10am on Friday.

She said it was critical for them to understand that there is "no time limit on your deliberations", because "you have a big job ahead of you".

Xie is accused of using a hammer-like object to inflict horrific head injuries on his newsagent brother-in-law Min Lin, 45; his wife Lily Lin, 43; her sister Irene, 39; and the Lins' two sons, Henry, 12, and Terry, 9.

The Crown alleges he was motivated by anger and resentment over his perceived "subordinate status" within the extended family and the uncritical regard given to his brother-in-law Min Lin.

The Crown also suggests there was a sexual motive, but details cannot be published for legal reasons.

The defence pointed to Xie's alibi, supported by his wife, that he was in bed asleep with her when the crimes occurred in the nearby Lin residence and also says more than one assailant was likely to have been involved.

The defence said Xie got along with the five relatives, in particular with his nephew Henry whom he loved like a son.

The trial began six months ago on June 29.

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