North Epping murders: Police unaware of letter naming Lin killers

Police say they have not received a letter from a Sydney lawyer naming the alleged killers of newsagent Min Lin and his family. A report in The Daily Telegraph today claimed the Lin family’s lawyer, Daniel Sheen, was sent an anonymous two-page letter naming the killers and outlining how Min Lin, his wife Lillie, their two sons Henry and Terry, and Mrs Lin’s sister Irene, were murdered. Mr Sheen reportedly handed on the letter to homicide detectives.At a press conference this morning the commander of the homicide squad, Superintendent Geoff Beresford, said police had spoken today to Mr Sheen, but were still not aware of the existence of the letter mentioned in today’s newspaper report.‘‘There is no such letter that the solicitors have provided to investigators at all,’’ Superintendent Beresford said.Asked to comment on the progress of the investigation Superintendent Beresford said police still had not identified a suspect nor had they recovered a murder weapon.‘‘This is still a very wide ranging inquiry. It is a very complex and very in depth inquiry.”We are beginning to receive some forensic results but you’d have to appreciate that the forensic analysis is ongoing and will be ongoing for weeks or months.”We are continuing to profile not only the family but any associates of the family and the business … in terms of forensic accounting. That is a very thorough and drawn out process and we’re continuing to do that.”All lines that have been established, and there have been quite a few, are being pursued quite vigorously and will be.’’Superintendent Beresford also criticised speculative reporting in the media.‘‘Speculation has the potential to undermine the investigation and certainly doesn’t assist the family at all.’’He also said he was satisfied with the progress of the murder probe, Strike Force Norburn.The Lins were found bludgeoned to death in their North Epping home last month.The couple’s other child, 15-year-old Jun “Brenda” Lin, was on a school trip to New Caledonia when the murders happened.Evidence from the month-long investigation has shown two people killed the Lin family, probably with separate weapons. The information, garnered from the crime scene and forensic testing, suggests it is more likely the murders were professional and organised, rather than personally motivated.The lack of usable forensic evidence from the crime scene, the fact that the power was cut before the murders and the apparently high degree of planning lend credence to the theory that the killers were at least semi-professional.It is understood that all the local relatives of the murdered family have been accounted for at the time of the killings, and that gross revenue in the past financial year of more than $1 million from the family’s newsagency might have made the family a target for organised crime groups.The weapons used in the murders have not been found and detectives on Strike Force Norburn, comprising Homicide Squad detectives and some assistance from the Asian Crime Squad, are struggling to find a motive.Brenda recently revealed that she believed at least two of the victims had been specifically targeted.”It seemed to be personally aimed at my parents,” she said in a paid television interview with Channel Nine’s program, 60 Minutes, on Sunday.The current affairs show went as far as to show, in a re-enactment, two men climbing a flight of stairs and carrying a baseball bat and torch.But it is understood a preliminary forensic review has been unable to establish what types of weapons were used, except that they were blunt.Brenda was also trying to move on with her life and might soon return to school. Mr Sheen said: “Maybe she will go back to school in two weeks – maybe.”Anyone with information about the murders can contact Strike Force Norburn detectives via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Donations to Brenda can be made to Commonwealth Bank account number 11139323, BSB number 062006, under the names Yang Fei Lin and Feng Qin Zhu. smh南京夜网.au
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