In the wake of strong public outcry against Melbourne man Borce Ristevski’s nine year sentence, the Office of Public Prosecutions is reportedly considering an appeal.
The 55-year-old could walk free in just over four-and-a-half years following Justice Christopher Beale’s sentencing on Thursday, after he killed his wife Karen Ristevski in their home in June, 2016.
An Office of Public Prosecutions spokesman told the The Age that Ristevski’s sentencing could eventually be appealed.
"This sentence, like all sentences, will be under review for possible appeal. However, no decision has been made as yet," he said.
Attorney-General Jill Hennessy declined to comment on the sentencing other than to offer sympathy to Karen's family and friends.
Victorian opposition leader Michael O'Brien described the sentence as "woefully inadequate", calling for a parliamentary committee to be established to review and reform Victoria's "broken sentencing laws".
No To Violence CEO Jacqui Watt said the sentencing failed to reflect the communities stance on Ristevski’s crime.
"Does this sentence reflect community attitudes now that the community is more aware of the prevalence and serious nature of family violence? The answer is clearly no."
Manslaughter draws a maximum 20 years’ jail.
Family’s divided outlook
Karen Ristevski’s brother said outside court that the family had been denied justice.
“Nothing is going to bring Karen back, but today was about justice and we didn’t get justice today at all,” brother Steve Williams said.
Despite her father's manslaughter admission, Sarah Ristevski stood by him, supplying a "glowing reference" for her dad.
It detailed the "unexplainable" love between herself and her parents, describing the trio as "inseparable".
Justice Beale sympathised with Sarah.
"Anyone with a modicum of compassion must understand that her predicament is an agonising one," he said.
Justice Beale said no sentence he imposed could undo the suffering caused to those who loved Ms Ristevski.
“You have not revealed how or why you killed your wife,” the judge said on Thursday.
“You have not taken the high road of full and frank disclosure.
“You continued spinning your web of lies, lying not only to your daughter but family, friends and the police.
“You acted as a pallbearer, playing the part of the innocent, grieving widower.”
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