Karen Ristevski's stepson arrested for dodging police


The stepson of slain Melbourne mum Karen Ristevski dodged police for months because he did not want to give evidence at his father’s committal hearing, a court has been told.

Anthony Rickard, 34, was arrested at a Diggers Rest property about 12.20am on Sunday on outstanding warrants including a failing to answer bail charge.

He appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Sunday in a blue T-shirt emblazoned with the word “rogue” and was denied bail.

The court was told Rickard is a witness in the death of his stepmother Ms Ristevski and police had been attempting since May to serve him a witness summons for the case.

His father Borce Ristevski, 54, is fighting a charge of murdering his wife in June 2016 and a committal hearing to see whether the case goes to trial starts on Monday.

Karen Ristevski’s remains were found in February 2017. Source: AAP

Police allege Rickard agreed to meet with Missing Persons Squad officers on July 13 but never appeared and did not return calls or texts from officers.

Later that night an unlicensed Rickard was seen driving erratically to avoid a marked police vehicle and he was not stopped because of his behaviour.

When police tried making contact again the next day, July 14, Rickard “replied with profanity and stated he was not going to hand himself in and not give evidence at court” a police prosecutor told the court.

He was arrested in a midnight raid on a home belonging to a woman and her 14-year-old daughter.

“Police announced their presence, at which time all occupants feigned not being home despite being observed by police,” the police prosecutor said.

“Police forced entry into the dwelling and arrested the applicant.”

Police allegedly found drug paraphernalia in Rickard’s room.

Anthony Rickard has been arrested. Source: 7 News

When he got to Melbourne West police station he was served with the witness summons and allegedly told police he was not going to appear in court and it was “lucky police got me”.

He appeared in court on Sunday on a failing to appear charge on a bench warrant issued in December.

The court was told the warrant was made when Rickard failed to appear after being granted bail in August on breaching an intervention order and threatening serious injury charges.

Karen and Borce Ristevski. Source: 7 News

Legal Aid lawyer Jacob Torney told the court Rickard was in hospital when the warrant was issued.

Ms Ristevski, a fashion boutique owner, had been missing for eight months before her remains were spotted by a bushwalker at Macedon Regional Park in February 2017.

The couple’s daughter, Sarah, is also expected to give evidence at the committal hearing, which is due to hear nearly 30 witnesses.

Rickard was remanded in custody to appear in the Sunshine Magistrates Court on his bail offences on July 20.