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Robert Xie's 'sexual motive' for his murder crime revealed Robert Xie's 'sexual motive' for his murder crime revealed
  • The only surviving member of the Lin family will break her silence this weekend
  • Brenda Lin was overseas when her parents, brothers and aunt were murdered
  • They were bludgeoned to death in their home in North Epping, Sydney
  • Last week her uncle Robert Xie was sentenced to life in prison for the killings
  • Xie, 53, sexually assaulted Ms Lin before and after the brutal slaying 

The young woman at the centre of the Lin family murders has spoken out for the first time since her parents, brothers, and aunt were slain, revealing the 'sexual motive' for her uncle's horrific crime.

Brenda Lin is the niece of Robert Xie, 53, who was last week sentenced to life in prison over the murder of his newsagent brother-in-law Min Lin, 45 his wife Lily, 43, the couple's sons Henry, 12, and Terry, 9, and Lilys 39-year-old sister Irene.

The family were found bludgeoned to death in the bedrooms of their home in the Sydney suburb of North Epping early on July 18, 2009.

This weekend, Ms Lin will break her silence and reveal the 'sexual motive' behind her uncle's horrific crimes. 

The only surviving member of her family, she will detail in an interview with Channel Seven's Sunday Night program how Xie touched her inappropriately before her family was killed and how the assaults escalated after they were murdered, Fairfax reported.

 Brenda Lin has broken her silence on the horrific murder of her family in 2009

Brenda Lin has broken her silence on the horrific murder of her family in 2009

 Robert Xie, 53, who was last week sentenced to life in prison over the murders

Robert Xie, 53, who was last week sentenced to life in prison over the murders

Ms Lin, who is now in her 20s, spoke of her torment and suffering in a devastating victim impact statement read out at court during Xie's sentencing hearing last week.

Throughout the lengthy murder trial her identity was suppressed, but in agreeing to speak to Channel 7 her full story can now be revealed. 

'It has been 7½ years since I have lost my family. That's seven-and-a-half years without a loving mother, seven-and-a-half years without a loving father,''she said.

'Seven-and-a-half years without two exuberant brothers who were my best and closest friends and seven-and-a-half years without an extremely kind aunt.

'In this time I have finished my HSC, was accepted into uni, got my first part-time job and learnt to drive. But I have achieved all these things without my family beside me.

'These inherently happy moments are now at most bittersweet, they have now become a painful reminder of the family I have lost and I will never see again.'

Justice Fullerton said during Xie's trial the 'brutal and calculated, murderous violence is a course of offending that can only be described as heinous in the extreme'. 

The court also heard that Xie touched Ms Lin inappropriately and the assaults became more frequent after she had to move into his home after the killings. The court heard Xie assaulted Ms Lin up until he was charged with her family's murders in 2011.

During the trial prosecutors made the argument that one Xie's motives was having full access to the young woman once her family was out of the way.

 Ms Lin (centre) has revealed how Xie sexually assaulted her before and after the murders

Ms Lin (centre) has revealed how Xie sexually assaulted her before and after the murders

 During the trial prosecutors made the argument that one Xie's (pictured) motives was having full access to the young woman once her family was out of the way

During the trial prosecutors made the argument that one Xie's (pictured) motives was having full access to the young woman once her family was out of the way

 Ms Lin's parents Min Lin, 45 his wife Lily, 43, were murdered at their home by Xie

Ms Lin's parents Min Lin, 45 his wife Lily, 43, were murdered at their home by Xie

 The couple's two sons Henry, 12, and Terry, 9, along with their aunt Lily were also killed

The couple's two sons Henry, 12, and Terry, 9, along with their aunt Lily were also killed

Ms Lin was overseas on a school trip to New Caledonia when her family was murdered, and evidence that suggested the killer knew the family's movements and the layout of the home was presented in court.

She lived with Xie and his wife Kathy Lin after the murders. Kathy Lin maintained her husband's innocence throughout the trial and in turn grew distant from her parents, Ms Lin's grandparents.

On Sunday the young woman will tell of her trauma after her family was killed, and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her uncle.

'He was someone I trusted, as a person who isn't a murderer', she tells Sunday Night.

'I'd give anything to have my family back.' 

Sunday Night airs on Sunday evening at 8.30pm on Channel Seven. 


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