BODY-in-the-boot killer Tania Herman released on Valentines day

Remember this shocking case, Joe Korp and his lover plotted to kill Joe’s wife Maria? Tania hid in waiting in the family garage and pounced on Maria strangled her, thinking she was dead .

Then popped her in the boot and dumped the car. It was found days later, poor Maria still barely alive. They turned life support OFF after about 6 months.She served 9 measly years, in  min security the later part. Although early on was quite the enforcer, I hear once putting big fat Judy Moran back in her place.

The coward Joe Korp, hanged himself in the family garage the day of her funeral. The gutless man wanted us to think it was from a heavy heart. Bullshit.

Herman takes a walk on the outside

HAND-in-hand with her girlfriend, body-in-the-boot attacker Tania Herman enjoyed her first full day of freedom.

Looking fit — and sporting a makeover — the woman who choked Maria Korp went largely unrecognised as she strolled the streets of Yarraville, in Melbourne’s inner west on Saturday.

Herman was released from Tarrengower Women’s Prison early on Valentine’s Day, just months after her lover Nicole Muscat walked free from the same jail.

The pair met as inmates in the low-security jail, in Maldon, in Victoria’s Goldfields region.

And although they failed in their bid to marry behind bars last May — Corrections Victoria refused their application for a civil ceremony — they have maintained their relationship.

Herman served nine years of a 12-year sentence for the attempted murder of Mrs Korp, a Melbourne mother of two, in 2005.


Mrs Korp was found in a car boot near the Shrine of Remembrance, four days after being strangled by her husband Joe Korp’s mistress, Herman.

Mrs Korp never recovered, dying in The Alfred hospital almost six months later after being taken off life support.

And Mr Korp — also charged with the attempted murder of his wife — killed himself on the day of her funeral, while awaiting his trial.

Herman’s new partner, convicted fraudster Muscat, was jailed for two years for stealing $118,000 from a ­pokies venue she managed.

The couple was driven to a house in Yarraville by another woman on Friday, after Herman’s 8.20am release.

A blonde when she first gained national notoriety a decade ago, Herman emerged from prison as a long-haired brunette.

Wearing sunglasses and a casual long-sleeve red and white T-shirt and jeans, she blended into inner-suburban life.

It is not known whether they plan to go ahead with their marriage.

Nicole Muscat stole almost $120,000 from Torquay Golf Club

 A WOMAN who systematically stole almost $120,000 from the Victorian golf club she worked for has been jailed for at least two years.

Nicole Muscat worked as the operations manager of the Torquay Golf Club in 2007 when she stole $118,000 from the gaming machine venue.

Muscat, 31, created false accounting records to conceal her crimes.

She stole most of the cash in $5000 increments from the gaming machines, the Victorian County Court heard today, although she once stole $15,000 in one hit.

Judge Geoffrey Chettle said Muscat continued to steal funds even when auditors were called in.

“Your offending was sophisticated, planned and repetitive,” Judge Chettle said.

“You abused your position, doctored the books and regularly stole Torquay Golf Club funds.”

Judge Chettle sentenced Muscat to three years and nine months’ jail and ordered she serve two years before being eligible for parole. Did she have to pay the money back? 2 years is stuff all?

Muscat, of Anglesea, was found guilty at trial of 23 counts of theft and 17 false-accounting charges

Tania Herman released from prison, picked up by lesbian lover Nicky Muscat on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014

BODY-in-the-boot killer Tania Herman has arrived at her lesbian lover’s home after being released from prison on Valentine’s Day.

Herman, wearing jeans and a red shirt, declined to talk to media outside the Yarraville property.

This morning she was released from jail and drove away in a silver Toyota 4WD with her lover Nicky Muscat.

Herman spent most of her time in the Dame Phyllis Frost maximum-security prison but was released from Tarrengower — a minimum-security jail.

Herman emerged from the women’s minimum-security prison near Bendigo at 8.20am today, nine years and four days after she was jailed for the attempted murder of Maria Korp.

Mrs Korp was found in the boot of her car in Melbourne barely alive four days after she was throttled in her Mickleham home in February, 2005.

She died in hospital five months later.

Mrs Korp’s husband, Joe Korp, was also charged with attempted murder for colluding with Herman, his mistress, to kill his wife.

Joe Korp with Tania Herman.

Joe Korp with Tania Herman.

Mr Korp killed himself on the day of his wife’s funeral.

Herman confessed to the crime, stating she had been motivated by her love for Mr Korp, who had requested she “get rid” of his wife so they could be together.

Wearing a cap and red shirt, Herman shielded her face from waiting media with her arm as she was driven out of the prison.

She sat in the front passenger seat of a 4WD, believed to be driven by her lesbian lover Nicky Muscat, also wearing a cap and sunglasses.

About 20 minutes earlier, the boom gates of Tarrengower Prison had gone up.

Two minutes later, the light grey 4WD sped into the prison driveway almost on two wheels, heeding none of the entrance warnings asking drivers to slow down.

Muscat, a convicted fraudster, was released from jail last year.

Herman was sentenced to 12 years jail in 2005 with a non-parole period of nine years.

Tania Herman, the woman found guilty of attempting to murder Maria Korp by strangling her and stuffing her into a car boot in 2005, has walked free from prison.

Herman, who became eligible for parole on Friday, received a minimum nine-year jail term for attempting to kill Ms Korp.

The 50-year-old mother of two died after Herman strangled her with a strap and left her in the boot of her car on February 9, 2005.

Ms Korp was discovered in the car boot four days later, near the Shrine of Remembrance.

She lay in a vegetative state for six months before dying from her brain injuries.

The case became known as the “mum-in-the-boot” case.

Maria’s husband, Joe Korp, was charged with attempted murder over his wife’s death, but committed suicide on the day of her funeral.

Herman and Mr Korp were lovers.

With Herman widely expected to make parole, media camped outside Tarrengower minimum-security jail in Maldon, south-west of Bendigo, from early on Friday morning.

Fairfax Media photographer Daryl Pinder said that at about 8.15am, Herman was collected by a woman, believed to be her girlfriend, and the pair left the jail in a four-wheel-drive.

Herman’s application for parole went before the Adult Parole Board on January 23.

“After considering the relevant material, it was decided to release her on parole on 14 February 2014,” a spokesman for the board said.

If Herman breaches her parole conditions, such as breaking any law or leaving Victoria without permission, she can be returned to prison.

Tarrengower is the only minimum-security female prison in Victoria, with capacity for 72 prisoners.

The story of Ms Korp’s death was told in a TV movie in 2010.

 Tania Herman shares cell with Herman Rockefeller’s killer Bernadette Denny

February 22, 2012

MUM in the boot murder accomplice Tania Herman has revealed she is sharing a cell with millionaire businessman Herman Rockefeller’s killer, Bernadette Denny.

And, in her first interview since her sentence over the death of Maria Korp, Herman has defended Denny as a good woman.

The notorious duo are serving their respective sentences at Victoria’s Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

Ms Herman is serving at least nine years for the attempted murder of Mrs Korp, the wife of Herman’s lover Joe, in 2005.

She has spoken of her regret over her “brainwashing” by Mr Korp.

“I am still amazed myself and think how the hell could I ever have gotten in so deep?” Ms Herman says in an interview to be published in the Australian Women’s Weekly today.

“My biggest regret is taking a mother away from her children because I would hate that to happen to me.”

Herman said she knew what she was doing was wrong when she waited in the Korps’ garage for Mrs Korp.

She choked and dumped the mother of two, barely alive, in a car boot. Mrs Korp died almost six months later, after life support was removed.

“As soon as I saw the blood, something snapped. I panicked. I put her in the boot of her car and just drove,” Herman said.

“As I was driving, I couldn’t stop crying. I kept thinking, ‘This is wrong, this is wrong’.”

In the interview, which appears in full in the book Partners and Crime, Herman gives an insight into life behind bars, revealing she is studying for a degree in fine arts.

She also speaks of her interest in cooking, dressing up as Santa Claus at Christmas and her friendship with Denny.

Herman claimed she was seduced by Joe Korp after meeting him through a dating website. They attended swingers’ parties and Mr Korp, facing allegations he hatched the murder plot, hanged himself on the night of his wife’s funeral.

Herman said she had had sporadic contact with her daughters while in jail.


 Tania Herman, the mistress of Joe Korp, who killed his wife Maria and her girlfriend go for a walk in Yarraville.

Tania Herman, the mistress of Joe Korp, who killed his wife Maria and her girlfriend go for a walk in Yarraville.


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Entire Sharma family found dead in home-Murdered by their father who hanged himself

Very sad situation in 2 states today, in the first what seems to be a murder suicide of a family of 2 children and 2 adults in Glen Waverley in Victoria as well as another murder suicide in NSW at Fishing Point. Updates a bit later on. Condolences to the families and friends of those left behind. It is a terrible way to end ones life, taking out other family members is never the solution and can never ever be accepted under any circumstances

UPDATE 09/05/12

HUNDREDS of mourners have gathered for the funeral of the tragic family of four who died in Glen Waverley last week.

Family and friends began farewelling Nilesh and Priti Sharma and their children Divesh, 5, and Divya, 3, in a joint funeral at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery at 1.15pm.

Family and friends began farewelling Nilesh and Priti Sharma and their children Divesh, 5, and Divya, 3, in a joint funeral at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery at 1.15pm.

The service was being conducted in Hindi before a private cremation.

The ashes are expected to be scattered in India or Fiji.

Four coffins were carried into a church in front of mourners still grappling with their sorrow.

Some people from the tight-knit community were paying their respects from outside the chapel that was at capacity.

Family friend Barbara Nagaiya said the grandparents were “devastated” about losing their grandchildren.

“They are very shocked. But now it’s done and gone, you can’t be angry. You still love your children and grandchildren,” she said.

Michael Sharman used his close friends’ funeral to plead for others to change their ways.

“If you have any problems try and sort them out. Talk to people – there is always a solution to everything,” he said.

“It’s shock and sadness. These things shouldn’t happen.”

Hindu Council Victoria president Pandit Abhay Awasthi said the deaths devastated the community.

“It shattered us,” he said. “It’s a sad day for the Indian community of Victoria.”

The family was found dead in their Glen Waverley home last Tuesday in an apparent murder-suicide.

Police were believed to be investigating whether Mr Sharma had turned on his family because he feared his marriage was breaking up.

The Herald Sun believes investigators are exploring indications the relationship between Nilesh and Priti was under stress in the period before last week’s tragedy.

Divesh and Divya were found in the beds where they are believed to have been murdered.

A relative who went to the Marcia Court house to check on the family saw one of the dead children through a window and alerted police.

The children and Mrs Sharma are believed to have been suffocated.

Mr Sharma was found hanged.

Sources who knew the family said they did not know Mr Sharma was under pressure or that he could be capable of killing his family.

They were not aware of him discussing any domestic issues which might caused the tragedy.

But they are now viewing a car smash involving the family in a different light.

All four were lucky to survive when a Honda driven by Mr Sharma ran off a road and hit a tree before bursting into flames in the Dandenong Ranges late last year.

Mr Sharma said he blacked out before the collision at Sassafras.

But many who had no reason to doubt four months ago are now wondering whether that was a first attempt at a tragic murder-suicide.

“Everybody thought it was an accident. It appeared on the surface to be an accident (but) there is a big suspicion hanging over that now,” said a source, who knew the Sharmas.

The Sharmas moved to Melbourne about 15 years ago.

Preetika Sharma, Nilesh, daughter Divya and son Diveish (obscured) pictured last week

update-It has been confirmed that the mother Preetika, the son,Diveish, and daughter Divya we found dead in their bedrooms andNilesh was found hanged in another area of the house…

Two adults, two children found dead in Glen Waverley house after welfare check

Uncle Abhay Singh said his daughter phoned him today to tell him the news that Nilesh Sharma, 36, his wife Preetika, 32, five-year-old son Diveish, and three-year-old daughter Divya were dead.

“I was devastated. I fell into pieces. It’s very sad,” he said.

He said the family attended his son’s birthday party last week and they seemed happy.

Mr Singh said the couple did not have marriage problems and he believed they died from a leaking gas tank.

“It’s a mystery,” he said.

“The kids were very amicable, well mannered, polite and well presented.

“We are all devastated. Very shaken – a whole family is destroyed.”

Mr Singh said Nilesh was an accountant and Preetika was also a professional.  He said the family survived a car crash in the Dandenong Ranges late last year.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said officers were called to a house in Marcia Court, Glen Waverley at 10.50am to make a welfare check.

They found the bodies inside. The property has been cordoned off.

“The homicide squad has been notified and are attending with the Monash Criminal Investigation Unit,” the spokeswoman said.

“The circumstances of the death are under investigation and are yet to be established.”

Neighbours have been left shocked.

“I saw a girl about mid 30s or 40s and a young girl there. They seemed ok so I wasn’t suspicious or anything,” neighbour Josh said.

Diveish Sharma, 5, and his sister Divya, 3, were found dead in the Glen Waverley home

“I only ever saw one child, a girl aged about 10.”

Another neighbour, George, said he saw a family of three often go into the house, with a child aged as young as four.

“I used to see him playing with his daughter,” he said.

“I feel terrible. I’ve been here 30 years and this has never happened.”

Police have cordoned off a home in Marcia Ct, Glen Waverley when four people were found dead. Picture: Derrick den Hollander

Another Marcia Court resident said he had no idea what had happened.

He said it was the first time he had seen police in the street.

“We are a very peaceful court. It’s a very small court,’’ he said.

“I have been here 22 years nothing (has) happened.’’

Horror in suburbia: four dead in house

May 1, 2012

Police outside the house in Marcia Court, Glen Waverley.

Police have confirmed that two adults and two children were the dead bodies found in the house at Glen Waverley.

The uncle of the two children, a boy and girl, aged 8 and 4, said the family were “absolutely shattered” on hearing the news.

“It’s a real mystery, we just do not know what has happened,” the uncle said.

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Abhay Singh said he visited the family regularly and they never seemed to have any problems.

“They were a really lovely family, very reserved. He was an accountant, she was also well qualified. It is shattering. I don’t know how anyone can recover from that.”

Mr Singh said he attended a birthday party with the family quite recently and all seemed well.

He said the father and mother of the children, aged in their 30s, had come to Australia from Fiji about 15 years ago and had lived in the Marcia Court home for about three years.

Homicide detective senior sergeant Dave Snare said police arrived at the scene about 11am today after receiving a call from someone concerned about the welfare of the family.

He said at this stage police were not looking for any suspects.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said police arrived to find four bodies inside the home. She could not give any information about the bodies, including their ages or whether they were members of the same family.

There is a strong police presence at the tree-lined court which has well-tended gardens and brick veneer homes.

“The homicide squad has been notified and are attending with the Monash criminal investigation unit,” the spokeswoman said.

“The circumstances of the death are under investigation and are yet to be established.”

The tiny court has now been sealed off. A silver sedan is parked in the driveway of the home where the bodies were discovered. There was also a red hatch outside.

A neighbour whose home backs on to the property where the bodies were found said a woman lived at the brick single-storey home and that she had a young daughter.

The neighbour said it was a quiet street and locals were shaken to hear about the deaths.

A police chaplain visited the home this morning.

Chaplain Jim Pilmer said that the dead were Hindus and he was trying to organise appropriate support for relatives.

“I will visit the next of kin and provide support to them,” the chaplain said.

Michael Sawaya, whose father is a long-time resident in the court, said a Fijian-Indian family had lived there for about three or four years.He believed they were a husband, wife and two children.

“Everybody knew the kids, they were real cute.”

The homicide squad’s detective senior sergeant Dave Snare is expected to reveal details of the deaths at a 3pm media conference.

Neighbours said the family living at the property kept to themselves and never appeared to be in any trouble.