The wife of the man accused of killing five members of the Lin family in northern Sydney gave inconsistent statements to police and later refused to formally put her name to them, a Sydney court has heard.
Kathy Lin is considered by police to be a key witness in relation to the crime, in which her husband, Robert Xie, 48, allegedly strangled and beat five members of her family to death in their North Epping home in July 2009.
The victims included Ms Lin’s brother Min “Norman” Lin, sister-in-law Yun Li “Lily” Lin, their two young sons and the boy’s aunt, Yun Bin “Irene” Lin.
Police allege that Mr Xie was motivated by a deep-seated resentment toward his wife’s family. They want to call Ms Lin as a witness in his upcoming committal hearing.
But she continues to support her husband and is opposing the subpoena ordering her to testify.
In a hearing to decide this question in Central Local Court today, Crown prosecutor Kara Shead said that there were inconsistencies between the two interviews Ms Lin had done with police, and a statement she made to the NSW Crime Commission.
“The Crown will make submissions that there are differences in the interviews together with the crime commission transcript,” Ms Shead said.
The court also heard that, having done the interviews with police, Ms Lin later refused to attend the police station to formally sign the transcripts.
This refusal, along with the inconsistencies in the interviews, would be a key element of the prosecution argument as to why she should be ordered to give evidence at the August 20 committal.
The hearing before magistrate John Andrews continues.
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