Accused wife-killer Borce Ristevski told his daughter he was getting “shisha” on the day Karen Ristevski vanished and didn’t tell police because he thought it was illegal, a Melbourne court has been told.
Ristevski, 54, is accused of murdering his dress shop-owner wife at the family’s Avondale Heights home before dumping her body in the bush on June 29, 2016.
In a conversation captured by a police listening device in September 2016, Sarah Ristevski questioned her father about what he was doing that day.
“I was going to get shisha,” he replied.
“I didn’t say anything because I didn’t know it was legal.”
Prosecutor Matt Fisher detailed the conversation in closing submissions of a hearing to decide whether Ristevski stands trial for murder.
As read by Mr Fisher, Sarah went on: “You were out of the house for two hours. Your phone is off for two hours … They pinged you on the Calder (Freeway).”
Ristevski responded: “That’s what they are trying to plant out there, Sarah.”
“That doesn’t make sense,” Sarah said.
“Nothing makes sense because they’re making it up as they go,” he replied.
He claimed his wife had gone out for a walk to clear her mind that morning and never returned.
He told police took her Mercedes-Benz roadster to get petrol but turned around after the faulty fuel gauge showed it didn’t need filling.
But detectives allege he killed his wife, bundled her into the car and drove to Macedon Regional Park, taking the Calder Freeway.