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Borce Ristevski sentenced to nine years in prison for killing wife Karen

Macquarie National News

One of Victoria’s most harrowing cases has come to a close today, with Borce Ristevski sentenced to nine years in prison for killing wife Karen Ristevski.

Borce must serve six years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

He faced a maximum penalty of 20 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the eve of his murder trial last month.

Prior to pleading guilty to manslaughter, the father-of-two always denied he had anything to do with his wife’s disappearance, maintaining she walked out of their Avondale Heights home after an argument in June 2016.

Karen’s badly decomposed body was found between two logs in bushland at Mount Macedon eight months later.

The court heard evidence against Ristevski couldn’t prove he intended to murder her.

What still remains a mystery is how or why he did it. Borce refuses to give those answers.

Justice Christopher Beale commended Ristevski’s “good character” prior to the crime, and said he had good prospects of rehabilitation.

Justice Beale said his last minute guilty plea would not deliver the reduced sentence he “might otherwise have expected.”

“You have not revealed how or why you killed your wife,” Justice Beale said.

Justice Beale noted the case was atypical because there was no ongoing history of domestic violence.

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