On April 18 2019, Borce Ristevski was sentenced to nine years in prison for the death of Karen Ristevski.
For 18 months now Victoria Police have been investigating what happened to Melbourne woman Karen Ristevski – first searching for her, then for her killer.
On Wednesday morning, the high-profile case took its latest stunning turn.
A 53-year-old Avondale Heights man was charged with murdering the 47-year-old mother of one, who vanished from her family home last year.
The man’s identity was not released by police, but a brief court appearance confirmed what the headlines had guessed: the accused is the last person to see Karen alive, her husband, Borce Ristevski.
Here’s how the case has unfolded so far.
June 29, 2016.
At 10am, Karen walked out of her home in Oakley Drive, Avondale Heights, reportedly to “clear her head” following an argument over money with her husband, Borce. This is the last time she was seen alive.
No money is withdrawn from her account, no contact made with friends or family.
July 8, 2016.
Borce is questioned by police and denies any involvement in his wife’s disappearance.
July 22, 2016.
During questioning, Karen’s stepson Anthony Rickard – a self-confessed ice addict – reportedly tells police that he had overheard Karen speaking about leaving Borce when their daughter, Sarah, turned 21 (which she did last year).
The claim is later dismissed by Borce as “fantasy”, according to The Herald Sun.