Accused husband seeks Melbourne Archbishop's help

Joseph Korp, who is charged with the attempted murder of his wife, who was left for dead in a car boot, has asked Archbishop Denis Hart to join his fight to keep her alive.

The Age reports that Korp, whose wife, Maria, 50, remains on life support in The Alfred hospital, yesterday said she would not want medical treatment withdrawn because of her religious beliefs.

Korp, 47, said through a lawyer his wife was a Catholic and regular church-goer with a prayer room in their home used solely for "devotional duty".

Lawyer Amanda Mendes Da Costa told the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal that Korp believed the Archbishop should be notified of moves to appoint a guardian to decide issues that included her medical treatment.

"Mrs Korp adhered to the teaching of the Catholic religion and it's his (her husband's) belief that on religious grounds she would not adhere to having medical treatment refused to her in her current situation," Miss Mendes Da Costa said.

The Alfred hospital, where Mrs Korp remains in a vegetative state, yesterday successfully applied for the Victorian Public Advocate Julian Gardner to be appointed Mrs Korp's guardian.

The move follows Mrs Korp's daughter Laura De Gois' recent appointment as administrator of her mother's estate.

Korp and his former lover, Tania Herman, 38, were charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and intentionally causing serious injury after Mrs Korp was found unconscious in the boot of her car on 13 February.

Korp signalled this month he would fight to keep his wife alive when a magistrate deferred a decision whether to grant him bail.

Accused husband seeks church help (The Age 29/4/05)

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29 Apr 2005