By Jessica Howard (at the Melbourne Magistrates Court)
(updated Monday 26 June 4:15pm)
Friends and colleagues of Yu Tong “Tracy” Lo say she was never in a relationship with Paul Hogan.
The court heard that Ms Lo lived with the deceased man at his Labilliere Street home in order to complete 88-days of farm work and be eligible for a second-year visa.
Witnesses, who worked with the Hong Kong national at a lettuce farm near Bacchus Marsh, said Ms Lo did not have a sexual relationship with Mr Hogan, who was described as being “jealous” and “angry”.
In the days prior to Mr Hogan’s death, witnesses say Ms Lo was attempting to find an alternative place to live, as she was tired of arguing with the deceased.
The court hearing will continue tomorrow.
(updated Monday 26 June 2.15pm)
Paul Hogan had planned to marry the 26-year-old Chinese national who allegedly enlisted her ex-boyfriend to shoot him at point blank in the driveway of his own home, a court has heard.
Yu Tung Lo, also known as Tracy, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning alongside 32-year-old Thornbury man Daniel Duhovic.
Duhovic entered a plea of guilty to one charge of murder and one charge of recklessly cause injury. Ms Lo is yet to enter a plea.
Mr Hogan was found in his vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head at around 8:20am on May 24, last year.
Peter Alan Hughes, who lived with Mr Hogan at the time of the incident, told the court that Ms Lo moved into the Labilliere Street home in early May, and that Mr Hogan had assisted her in finding employment at a local lettuce farm.
He said Mr Hogan had made plans to marry Ms Lo, with a marriage celebrant visiting the house on May 23. However, later that day, an argument erupted between the pair over text messages found on Ms Lo’s mobile phone.
Mr Hughes said text messages revealed Ms Lo had been speaking with her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Duhovic.
He said Mr Hogan referred to Ms Lo as a “fu***** liar”.
The following day, Ms Lo packed her bags to leave.
Mr Hughes said he requested Mr Hogan to drive him to the train station and as they attempted to leave the property, a silver FWD pulled up to the house.
He said a man, believed to be Daniel Duhovic, approached the vehicle with a shotgun and pointed it directly at Mr Hogan’s head.
Mr Hughes said he heard Mr Duhovic fire a shot as a window of the vehicle shattered.
The witness jumped out of the car and ran about 30-40-metres before approaching a nearby resident and calling triple-zero.
The court hearing continues this afternoon.
Daniel Duhovic will plead guilty to one charge of murder and one charge recklessly cause injury, after fatally shooting Bacchus Marsh man Paul Hogan on Tuesday 24 May 2016 outside his home in Labilliere Street, as he sat in his white van.
Hogan’s alleged girlfriend, 26-year old Yo Tung Lo was arrested by Homicide Squad detectives on the Wednesday night (25 May, 2016) and also charged with one count of murder.
She is yet to appear in the Melbourne Magistrate court today (26 June 2017) and has not entered a plea.