A Chinese man who brutally murdered his housemate in their flat Googled ‘how would homicide be sentenced in Australia?’ just two days before the killing.
Qi ‘Kathy’ Yu, 28, was murdered by her housemate Shuo Dong, 21, at their sharehouse in Campsie, south-west Sydney, on June 8, 2018.
Ms Yu’s body was then found wrapped up and on the side of the M1 motorway near Mount Ku-Ring-Gai in Sydney’s north-west 47 days after she disappeared.
Dong pleaded guilty to murder in the NSW Supreme Court in December. On Monday his chilling Google searches were revealed in court.
Two days before killing Ms Yu, Dong visited a number of web pages between 3.44pm and 3.52pm
Shuo Dong (pictured), 21, killed his housemate Qi ‘Kathy’ Yu, 28, at their sharehouse in Campsie, south-west Sydney, on June 8, 2018
Chilling pictured have emerged of Qi Yu, 28, posing around Sydney (Bondi Beach pictured) before she was murdered and dumped by the side of a highway in June 2018
Pictured: The Campsie unit where Ms Yu lived with her killer and another female housemate
‘A Google search was made for ‘How would Homicide be sentenced in Australia’,’ agreed court facts state, news.com.au reports.
He then searched ‘legal knowledge, how many years would intentionally homicide be given in Australia’ and ‘the sentencing criteria for intentional homicide. What expenses must be compensated for after intentional homicide.’
He also typed into Google: ‘What are the characteristics of intentional homicide? And how to properly determine intentional homicide?’
Dong pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Yu in the NSW Supreme Court on December 4, 2019.
Agreed facts stated he also made 18 searches for bushland areas like the Royal National Park and Ku-Ring-Gai.
Shuo Dong’s chilling internet searches
‘How would Homicide be sentenced in Australia?’
‘Legal knowledge, how many years would intentionally homicide be given in Australia.’
‘The sentencing criteria for intentional homicide. What expenses must be compensated for after intentional homicide.’
‘What are the characteristics of intentional homicide? And how to properly determine intentional homicide?’
‘Australian Chinese life knowledge, our steps, life and other staff, comparison of underage criminal offence sanction between China and Australia.’
The court heard Dong spent the evening of June 8 bickering with Ms Yu over cutting the lease short and bond money he owed her.
Ms Yu’s parents, who were speaking to her from China via WeChat, could hear the argument in the background when the power to the unit was shut off.
Zhihe Yu and Qin He later contacted a neighbour to check on their daughter and Dong informed the neighbour that Ms Yu was out for dinner.
Dong and Ms Yu’s third housemate said she arrived home and noticed blood-like stains in the home.
Dong’s phone was used to search for directions back from Mount Colah to Campsie At about 10.30pm that night.
Police found Ms Yu’s body near that section of the motorway on July 25, 2018 using data from Dong’s phone.
Ms Yu’s (pictured) body was found near the M1 motorway at Mount Kuring-Gai in July 2018
Ms Yu moved to Australia in 2009 and studied at the University of New South Wales
Pictured: Police recovering Ms Yu’s body which was found in bushland in north-west Sydney
She was discovered in a gully at Mount Ku-Ring-gai and a shirt containing Dong’s DNA was wrapped tightly around her neck.
Ms Yu’s parents spoke out at his sentencing hearing on Monday and said their daughter believed Australia was a safe country with no bad people.
‘She did not know much about the evil phenomena in society,’ they said in their victim impact statement presented to the NSW Supreme Court.
‘Qi’s weakness was that she had no sense of threat from other people.
‘Her experience from years of Australian life was that Australia was good for everything, good people, good air, good food, good environment, and good others.’
Chilling pictures have emerged of a woman happily posing around Sydney before she was murdered and dumped next to a highway.
The pictures were submitted as evidence in the Supreme Court of NSW and showed Ms Yu smiling with a hat and ice cream in front of Bondi Beach.
She also posed with a large cone of gelato inside an ice cream shop.
Another image showed Ms Yu wearing a graduation cap and gown at the University of New South Wales.
The 28-year-old arrived in Australia in 2009 and completed a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and and a Masters in Telecommunication at UNSW.
A final image saw Ms Yu posing with two soft toys in front of a pen of cattle, resembling the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The sentencing hearing will continue before Acting Justice Peter Hidden in August.
Ms Yu (pictured) was last seen on June 8, 2018 where it is believed she got into a fight with housemate Shuo Dong, 21, at their sharehouse in Campsie, south-west Sydney
Pictured: Ms Yu’s parents issued an emotional plea for information in June 2018