By Meg Kennedy
She never pulled the trigger, but Hong Kong national Yu Tung Lo will spend the next two-decades behind bars for the murder Bacchus Marsh man Paul Hogan.
Lo, 29, was sentenced to 21-years in prison on the morning of Friday 3 May, almost three-years to the date of Hogan’s death.
She appeared before Justice Paul Coghlan and a crowded courtroom of the deceased’s family members, including mother Val Hogan, in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Lo appeared emotionless in the dock – a blank expression she had worn constantly throughout her trial – dressed in a black blazer and white shirt.
Lo first met Mr Hogan on 29 April 2016, after speaking on popular social media mobile app WeChat.
Just under a month later, he was dead.
Mr Hogan died from a single gun-shot wound to the head by shooter Daniel Duhovic, with Lo present, in the driveway of his Labilliere street home in Maddingley on the morning of Tuesday, 24 May 2016.
Although she wasn’t the person behind the gun, Justice Coghlan told the court that Lo was the “more serious offender” in the matter and was “the driving force [behind] the offending.”
Lo was found to have intentionally assisted, encouraged and directed shooter Daniel Duhovic to kill Mr Hogan.
“In this case, there is evidence that you have done each of those things,” said Justice Coghlan.
Leading up to the murder, Lo had sent text messages to Duhovic saying that she “wanted to kill someone in the brain,” and “I want it [Hogan] dead.”
Duhovic is currently serving a 15-year sentence for Mr Hogan’s murder.
“You knew you could manipulate him [Duhovic],” said Justice Coghlan.
Lo was also sentenced three-years for one count of perjury, after it was confirmed she had made false statements to police after Mr Hogan’s murder.
It was confirmed in April of this year that Lo had falsely stated she was sexually assaulted by Paul Hogan’s housemate whilst living in Bacchus Marsh in 2016.
In her statement, Lo also claimed she had taken a taxi to Southern Cross train station in Melbourne after Mr Hogan’s death, when in fact she had fled the scene of the crime with Duhovic.
“You simply tried to lie your way out in your involvement of this crime,” Justice Coghlan told Lo.
Val Hogan and other family members broke down as the verdict was read to the court.
Justice Coghlan said the victim impact statements, written by those involved in Paul Hogan’s life “indicate true grief and pain,” and that “[we] can never place ourselves in [their] position, which is awful.”
Ms Hogan wrote in her victim impact statement, read aloud to the court in April 2019, that she had “sat in court and listened to all the lies you told. You don’t care who you hurt.”
“I myself have shed oceans of tears, pouring down my face. I have nightmares where I yell and scream in my sleep, trying to save my son,” she wrote.
After sentencing, father Alan Hogan told the Moorabool News he was “as happy as [I] can be…within the realms of the law”, about the verdict.
“She is getting what she wanted…she’s staying in Australia,” he said.
Lo will serve a total of 21-years in prison for murder, three-years for perjury (to be served concurrently), with a non-parole period of 17-years.