A Melbourne man who allegedly attempted to kill his wife will face murder charges if her life supports are removed and she is allowed to die. Joe Korp
and his lover have been charged with attempted murder after allegedly strangling Maria Korp and locking her in the trunk of her car for five days,
resulting in her being left in a vegetative state. Mr. Korp has vowed to take the matter in court if the victim's family attempts to remove her life
The mother of two, 50, was strangled with a bag strap and left in a car boot for almost five days before she was rescued on February 13.
Mr Korp's lawyer, Michael Tovey, QC, yesterday said his client would block any bid to stop medical support for the injured woman. "My client would,
being the husband, be taking legal action to ensure that it doesn't happen," Mr Tovey told Melbourne Magistrates' Court.
He said he expected a court would be "extraordinarily reluctant to order withdrawal of those supports in circumstances where the consequences would
be somebody being charged with murder".
The news comes just a week after the death of brain-damaged American woman Terri Schiavo, whose husband won a marathon legal stoush with her parents
to have her feeding tube removed.
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It seems the Terri Schiavo case has revived the euthanasia issue worldwide. Here we have an alleged murderer fighting against euthanasia, but with -
to put it mildly - questionable motives.
A Western Australian couple, encouraged by the Schiavo case, are now asking the state government to allow their son, paralyzed by Huntington's
Disease, to be euthanized.
WA couple challenge euthanasia laws
Euthanasia, or "Physician Assisted Suicide", is illegal in all Australian states except the Northern Territory.
Euthanasia Laws in the U.K.
Euthanasia Laws Worldwide
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[edit on 2005/4/7 by wecomeinpeace]