Borce Ristevski is led into the Supreme Court. Picture: David Crosling
Borce Ristevski is led into the Supreme Court. Picture: David Crosling

Borce Ristevski finally admits to killing Karen

BORCE Ristevski has sensationally confessed to killing his wife more than two years after her remains were found in bushland.

The father of two had always maintained his innocence over his wife Karen's disappearance, as police probed him as the prime suspect.

But on the eve of his Supreme Court murder trial Ristevksi has dramatically pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

His plea comes after Justice Christopher Beale this morning ruled the prosecution could not use evidence about Ristevski's conduct after karen's death to prove murderous intent.

After hours of discussions between the prosecution and defence, they returned to the court at 2.15pm where prosecutor Brendan Kissane filed a new indictment for manslaughter instead of murder.

Standing in the dock, when asked how he pleaded to manslaughter, Ristevski replied: "Guilty".

It confirms he was lying to police when he told them she had walked from their Avondale Heights home to clear her head after they had an argument over finances on June 29, 2016.

Borce and Karen Ristevski.
Borce and Karen Ristevski.

 

Ristevski with wife Karen and daughter Sarah. Picture: Supplied
Ristevski with wife Karen and daughter Sarah. Picture: Supplied


Ristevski's brother, Vasko, even suggested Mrs Ristevski, with her relationship on the rocks, had skipped overseas on a fake passport.

But when her body was found eight months after she disappeared, wedged between two logs off a dirt track at Mount Macedon, police knew she had met with foul play.

As the family prepared for her funeral, where Ristevski carried his wife's coffin, investigators kept digging.

It wouldn't be until December 21, some nine months later, that they would charge him.

It is not known how Mrs Ristevski was killed, with her remains so badly decomposed when found.

Mrs Ristevski’s badly decomposed body was found in the Macedon Regional Park. Picture: Nicole Garmston
Mrs Ristevski’s badly decomposed body was found in the Macedon Regional Park. Picture: Nicole Garmston

Inconsistencies in where Ristevksi says he was, and what he did, on the day his wife supposedly walked out, were a key to the prosecution case.

As was CCTV footage of Mrs Ristevski's black Mercedes travelling between Avondale Heights and through Diggers Rest on that day - and pings of both her and her husband's mobile phones along that route.

"This isn't just an accidental killing," prosecutor Matt Fisher told the committal hearing in August.

"Something happened in the house … the accused man engages in behaviour soon after he has either killed her or caused her serious injury.

Borce Ristevski carries his wife’s coffin at her funeral. Picture: Nicole Garmston
Borce Ristevski carries his wife’s coffin at her funeral. Picture: Nicole Garmston

"He then drives many kilometres to dispose of the body. The drive includes a detour through Diggers Rest. He is looking for somewhere to dispose of the body.

"Then after some driving he comes upon a dirt track, away from buildings, houses, people. It's isolated.

"Before he gets to that point, at 11.09am, he deactivates his phone. Then at 11.40, he disconnects or deactivates the deceased's phone."

His repeated lies would also be his undoing, raising the suspicions of police.

He initially said he was at home for most of the day doing bookkeeping, had a shower around 11.30am, before going out in the afternoon to do an Uber driving shift.

He then later changed his account, saying he had taken Mrs Ristevski's black Mercedes out to refuel it as the petrol gauge was broken.