Borce Ristevski to be sentenced for manslaughter of wife Karen

Melbourne man Borce Ristevski who killed his wife, Karen, and dumped her body in bushland will on Thursday learn his jail term for the high-profile manslaughter.

On June 29, 2016, Ristevski killed his 47-year-old wife at their Avondale Heights home before bundling her body into her Mercedes-Benz.

The 55-year-old drove Karen to Macedon Regional Park and covered her body in branches.

Borce Ristevski is pictured being a pallbearer at his wife’s funeral. Source: AAP

Eight months later, her skeletal remains were found between logs by horticulturalists.

An autopsy could not determine the cause of her death and Ristevski has never provided a description of how his wife died.

He was charged with murder in December 2017 after a lengthy police investigation, involving listening devices and analysis of CCTV footage.

In March, Supreme Court of Victoria Justice Christopher Beale ruled that evidence available could not prove murderous intent.

Karen Ristevski disappeared from her Avondale Heights home, in Melbourne, in 2016. Source: AAP
Karen’s body was found in Macedon Regional Park. Source: AAP

Ristevski instead pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The 55-year-old was a pallbearer at his wife’s funeral and lied to her family for years, with loved ones subsequently condemning his actions and untruths as “vicious” and “agonising”.

But the couple’s daughter, Sarah, has supported her father throughout the ordeal, providing a “glowing reference” for him in March at his pre-sentence plea hearing.

“Growing up as a family, my mum, dad and I were completely inseparable… the love we had for each other was unexplainable,” she wrote in a letter to the court.

Sarah Ristevski and her father right after Karen disappeared in 2016. Sarah provided a ‘glowing reference’ for Borce. Source: AAP

“The circumstances have left me without both of my parents… all I can do is try to communicate the truth of how good of a dad and husband he was to my mum and I.”

Ristevski is due to be sentenced by Justice Beale on Thursday and will face a jail term of up to 20 years.

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