The jury sitting on the Lin family murder trial have been warned they will hear evidence that could prove “disturbing and confronting”.
Lian Bin ‘Robert’ Xie, 50, is accused of murdering five members of the Lin family in their North Epping home in Sydney’s northwest in July 2009.
He allegedly killed Min ‘Norman’ Lin, Yun Li ‘Lily’ Lin, Yun Bin ‘Irene’ Yin, Henry Lin and Terry Lin.
Xie reiterated his pleas of not guilty to all five murders at the start of his Supreme Court trial on Thursday.
In addressing the jury panel, Justice Peter Johnson said the evidence they will hear during the trial would be graphic and had the “capacity to be disturbing and confronting”.
It would include descriptions of the significant injuries suffered by the family members, he said.
Justice Johnson said Mark Tedeschi QC will open the crown case on Friday morning.
He understood Xie’s barrister Graham Turnbull SC would then address the jury.
Due to the unusually long duration of the trial – which is expected to run for four months – there are 15 jury members as opposed to the normal 12.
But only 12 will actually be involved in handing down the verdict, Justice Johnson told them.
Xie made notes as the judge warned the 15 jury members not to access social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook or to Google anything in relation to the case during the trial’s duration.