On April 18 2019, Borce Ristevski was sentenced to nine years in prison for the death of Karen Ristevski.
Melbourne man Borce Ristevski has unexpectedly pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his wife Karen, whose body was dumped in bushland.
Ristevski, 54, was about to stand trial in the Victorian Supreme Court, accused of murdering his 47-year-old wife Karen at their Avondale Heights home on June 29, 2016, and dumping her body in bushland.
Prosecutors withdrew the murder charge and Ristevski entered a plea of guilty to manslaughter on Wednesday.
Ristevski had denied killing the dress shop owner, whose skeletal remains were found eight months later in Macedon Regional Park by two horticulturalists who had noticed a strange smell.
An autopsy could not ascertain her cause of death.
When his wife vanished, Ristevski told police she had gone for a walk to clear her mind and never returned.
Ristevski, who was a pallbearer at his wife’s funeral, was charged with murder after an investigation that involved listening devices and CCTV footage analysis.
It’s alleged he took Ms Ristevski’s Mercedes-Benz roadster to dispose of the body in bushland, killing the signal of his and her mobile phones on the way.