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Accused killer asked Vic lover to kill man

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016 By Jacqueline Le

A Hong Kong woman accused of asking one of her ex-lovers to murder another will remain in a Victorian jail after losing a bail bid.

Yu Tung Lo has been charged with murdering Bacchus Marsh man Paul Hogan, who was allegedly shot dead by her former lover Daniel Duhovic on May 24.

The 26-year-old was refused bail in the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday and will remain in custody indefinitely until there is a trial.

The crown alleges 33-year-old Duhovic shot Mr Hogan in the head because Lo wanted him dead.

Shortly before Mr Hogan was killed, Lo allegedly told Duhovic that he had beaten and raped her.

Duhovic drove more than 60km from the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury to Mr Hogan's Bacchus Marsh residence.

When he arrived, Duhovic immediately walked up to Mr Hogan's van and shot the 48-year-old through the driver's side window.

Defence counsel George Georgiou SC said Duhovic had "taken it upon himself" to murder the older man.

"There's no evidence she was even aware of Duhovic being armed," he said.

But the crown says Lo's conduct after the shooting implicates her.

Lo and Duhovic left the scene together in his car, and police allege she erased data that may have linked her to Mr Hogan's murder by performing a factory reset on her phone shortly afterwards.

In a record of interview with police, Lo told them she had no knowledge of the shooting, and denied Duhovic's presence.

The crown says Lo and Duhovic met online via instant messaging app WeChat shortly after she arrived in Australia in 2015 on a one-year working holiday visa.

The pair were in a sexual relationship before Lo moved to regional Victoria in 2016 to find farm work that would allow her to extend her visa.

While in Shepparton, she met Mr Hogan on WeChat and moved into his Bacchus Marsh home three weeks before he was murdered.

Justice Robert Redlich said there is some contention about the nature of Lo's relationship with Mr Hogan.

Police say they found a video which showed Lo was a "willing participant to sexual intercourse" with Mr Hogan.

Lo has stated she was forced to have sex with Mr Hogan on a number of occasions, the court heard.

But based on the crown's evidence before him, Justice Redlich said he could not grant her bail.

"She went to quite extraordinary lengths to conceal the nature of her association with Duhovic," he said.

Lo has been remanded into custody until a possible trial, which is not expected to take place for another 20 months.

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