Appeal lodged over “inadequate” sentence for wife-killer Borce Ristevski

Prosecutors in Victoria have lodged an appeal against the sentence given to wife-killer Borce Ristevski.

Ristevski was last month jailed for a maximum of nine years after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of his wife Karen.

The 55-year-old was given a non-parole period of six years, meaning that with time already served he could walk free in December 2023.


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Victoria’s Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed on Monday that an appeal had been lodged on the basis that the sentence and non-parole period were “manifestly inadequate”.

Karen Ristevski, 47, disappeared from the family’s Melbourne home in June 2016.

Her remains were discovered in bushland north-west of Melbourne eight months later.

An autopsy was unable to determine exactly how she died.

Borce Ristevski continuously denied any involvement in the disappearance and death of his wife before eventually being charged with her murder.

However before his trial got underway a court ruled there was insufficient evidence to secure a murder conviction, which saw Ristevski plead guilty to manslaughter.

Following his sentence last month, Ms Ristevski’s family slammed the sentence as inadequate.

“We didn’t get justice today at all,” Karen’s brother Stephen Williams said outside court.

A date for the appeal is yet to be set.

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