Nearly eight years ago her entire family was slaughtered as they slept in their Sydney home. Now, Brenda Lin has broken her silence in a TV interview.
Brenda was 15 at the time her uncle Robert Xie killed her parents, two younger brothers and an aunt in 2009. While her identity had been suppressed by the NSW Supreme Court, Lin has given her consent to be identified for an interview with Seven’s Sunday Night.
“He was a person I trusted,” Brenda says of Xie, 53, who was sentenced last week to five consecutive life sentences for the murders.
Newsagent owner Min Lin, 45, his wife Lily, 43, their sons Henry, 12, and Terry, 9, and Lily’s sister, Irene Lin, 39, were brutally murdered in their North Epping, Sydney, home on the evening of July 18, 2009.
During the trial, the court heard there had been a sexual motive to the murders: Brenda told the court Xie had sexually assaulted her before and after the killings. Brenda had lived with Xie and his wife, Kathy, following the murders.
“I would give anything to have my family back,” says Brenda in the interview.