Years after the death of Karen Ristevski, her daughter has spoken out for the first time after her father, Borce, was jailed over her mother’s death
Borce refused to admit what he did to his wife of 27 years before bundling her body into a car and driving to Macedon Regional Park, northwest of Melbourne, where her remains were found eight months later.
In an interview with Nine Network’s 60 Minutes, Sarah has revealed she confronted her father about the brutal crime he was accused of.
In a promotional video released ahead of Sunday’s sit-down, 60 Minutes 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.
Sarah, who was 21 years old when Karen was killed in 2016, also revealed her mother was never far from her thoughts.
“She’s on my mind all the time. I can’t get it out of my head,” the daughter said.
While Karen was missing, her husband told police she went for a walk and never returned.
He was a pallbearer at her funeral, playing the grieving husband and was later charged with her murder.
Borce was set to stand trial, but the murder charge was dropped in March last year, before he entered a guilty plea to manslaughter.
He was initially sentenced to nine years in prison before it was decided he deserved a harsher punishment and he was handed a longer sentence of 13 years.
After her father pleaded guilty, Sarah stood by him and provided him with a “glowing reference”.
Despite nine of her relatives providing victim impact statements, Sarah opted out.
Other family members have spoken out against Borce in the past.
“It was very uncomfortable to watch as he manipulated his family,” Karen’s aunt Patricia Gray told the court, alleging Borce “bullied Sarah into defending him”.
The cause of death remains unknown as Karen’s remains were found eight months after she was killed when horticulturalists stumbled across them.
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