The family of Karen Ristevski is bracing for a bombshell interview set to feature her daughter Sarah who is speaking for the first time since her mum’s tragic death.
In an interview with Nine Network’s 60 Minutes, due to air on Sunday, Sarah is expected to reveal details on her relationship with her father Borce, who admitted to killing his wife of 27 years in 2016.
He was sentenced to a maximum of 13 years in prison after Karen’s body was found dumped in bushland at Mount Macedon Regional Park eight months after she went missing from their Avondale Heights home, in Melbourne’s northwest, in June 2016.
Sarah stood by Borce even after his guilty plea to manslaughter and provided him a “glowing reference”.
She remains estranged from extended family members on her mum’s side, including Karen’s aunt Patricia Gray.
Ms Gray said it was likely that the family, along with much of the nation, would be watching the interview with bated breath.
“I would imagine a lot of people will be watching, including the family,” she told The Age.
She has spoken out against Borce in the past, telling the court that he “bullied Sarah into defending him”.
“It was very uncomfortable to watch as he manipulated his family,” Ms Gray said.
While Karen was missing, Borce told police she went for a walk and never returned.
He was a pallbearer at her funeral where he played a grieving husband, before later being charged with her murder.
Borce was set to stand trial, but the murder charge was dropped in March last year and he entered a guilty plea to manslaughter.
In a promotional video released ahead of Sunday’s 60 Minutes interview, journalist Liz Hayes questioned if Sarah had asked Borce, “Did you kill my mum?”.
“Even after he was charged did you ask him, ‘Dad, did you do this?’” Hayes continues.
After a brief pause, Sarah responds: “I asked him.”
“You asked him what?” Hayes queries.
“If he had anything to do with it,” Sarah says.
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