There is growing outrage over the sentence of convicted wife-killer Borce Ristevski, as prosecution bosses consider an appeal.
Ristevski was yesterday handed down a maximum sentence of nine years for killing his wife Karen, with a non-parole period of six years.
Ristevski, from Melbourne, could be eligible for parole in five years.
But with time already served, Ristevski could be out of jail in just over four-and-a-half years.
The Department of Public Prosecutions is currently reviewing Ristevski’s sentence and has 28 days to launch an appeal.
Borce Ristevksi was charged with murder in 2017 after a lengthy police investigation but pleaded guilty to manslaughter in March after Justice Beale ruled murderous intent could not be proved.
One of the key factors in Justice Beale’s sentencing was that he could not determine whether the offending was in the mid-or upper range. Ristevski has never revealed how his wife of 27 years died.
This sentence handed down to Ristevski is in line with the average sentence given for manslaughter.
Karen’s brother Stephen spoke to reporters outside the Supreme Court yesterday, claiming “we didn’t get justice today at all”.
As a society, at some stage, we will – in regards to domestic violence – make a stand. Again, it wasn’t today as all he said.
Melbourne mother Karen disappeared from the couple’s Avondale Heights home on June 29, 2016.
Her skeletal remains found dumped in isolated bushland eight months later.