By ANDREA THIIS-EVENSEN
A manipulative, remorseless killer has been sentenced to 21 years in jail for the murder of Bacchus Marsh father-of-five Paul Hogan, 48.
Yu Tung Lo, 29, was found guilty in February of orchestrating Hogan’s death in 2016 after inciting her friend through a series of text messages to carry out the killing.
Lo told shooter Daniel Josef Duhovic that Mr Hogan, her boyfriend, had repeatedly raped her and threatened to harm Duhovic’s young daughter.
“Nah seriously, I want it dead,” she texted Duhovic the day before the hit.
Duhovic shot Mr Hogan in the face at point blank range as he was reversing out of his driveway.
Victorian Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan told the court Lo pointed out Mr Hogan when Duhovic arrived on the day of the murder and was a free agent acting on her own initiative.
Justice Coghlan said Lo had “shown no remorse” for her crime and had lied to police throughout the investigation, including that Mr Hogan had repeatedly raped her.
“You simply tried to lie your way out of your involvement in this crime,” he said.
Lo, from Hong Kong, remained blank-faced as she was sentenced to a non-parole period of 17 years.
Mr Hogan’s family broke down in tears as the sentence was read out.
Justice Coghlan said Lo was an active user of social media sites such as WeChat and Facebook, through which she met both Duhovic and Mr Hogan.
Shortly after she arrived in Australia Lo went to live with Duhovic and his father. She listed Duhovic as her emergency contact when she gained employment at a dental clinic, describing him as her fiancé.
Justice Coghlan said Duhovic decided he did not want any further connection with her in 2015.
“He thought you had only contacted him when you needed something,” Justice Coghlan said.
Lo had lived with Mr Hogan for just under a month before his death, and the two were planning to marry.
“You are a very manipulative person,” Justice Coghlan told Lo.
Lo was additionally given three years for perjury, which will be served concurrently, after falsely accusing the victim of sexual assault.
Justice Coghlan said he had considered Lo’s limited criminal history, mental health and migration status.
“Were it not for the presence of those mitigation factors I would have imposed a more significant sentence on you.”
Outside court, Mr Hogan’s mother said the sentence handed down was “not enough”, but she was happy Lo would be put behind bars.
“There is no closure for me,” Val Hogan said.
Mr Hogan’s cousin, Leanne Ryan, said the sentence was better than she what she was expecting, where “justice has been done”.
“Auntie can move on with her life now,” Ms Ryan said.