Andrew L. Urban.
ANNIVERSARY OF SHAME: On February 4, 2015, nine years ago this weekend, the third trial began of Robert Xie for the brutal murder of five members of his wife’s family. Eleven months later, it became the longest criminal trial in NSW history involving a single accused, with more than 160 days of ‘evidence’ and at least $1 million of taxpayers’ money spent on running the case. It ended on December 2, 2015, with a hung jury. By then, Xie had spent four years and seven months in jail without a conviction.
The murders of which Xie was accused occurred overnight on July 17 & 18, 2005. Police had no leads, no persons of interest, no forensic clues …and eventually arrested Xie two years later, despite his wife supporting his alibi: they were both asleep in bed at the time of the slaughter. The post mortem images (especially of the faces) show exceptional brutality, a factor that should have sown doubt about his guilt in the jury, who had been told what a loving family they all were. Uncle Xie would never inflict such injuries on his young nephews … (hence we don’t publish them). Evidence of forensic pathologist Dr Rebecca Irvine concerning the physical injuries of the victims was so extensive, it took seven days to deliver.
This is our 23rd post on Robert Xie’s case (see menu on right). Readers will find a jaw-dropping litany of reasons why we believe Xie has been wrongly convicted and his appeal erroneously dismissed. (And there is more we haven’t yet published…) We are as determined to keep the spotlight on Robert Xie’s wrongful conviction as then DPP Mark Tedeschi KC, was determined to hunt him down for a conviction.
And it was not over. A fourth trial began on June 29, 2016, which ran until December that year. The most the jury could do was an 11-1 majority guilty verdict. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Xie, “his face impassive, rose to his feet in the dock and said: “I did not murder the Lin family, I am innocent.” His wife, supported by a chaplain and dressed neatly in a purple cardigan, sobbed quietly in court with her head bowed after the verdict was delivered.
“He’s innocent!” she cried after her husband’s outburst.