Borce Ristevski: Appeal Lodged Over Wife Killer's 'Manifestly Inadequate' Sentence
A nine-year jail term handed to self-confessed Melbourne wife killer Borce Ristevski will be challenged by prosecutors who say the penalty is "manifestly inadequate".
Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd QC took action on Monday, lodging an appeal to the prison sentence which included a six-year minimum term, meaning he could walk from jail on parole by December 2023.
A Court of Appeal date is yet to be set.
In April, 55-year-old Ristevski was jailed after admitting the manslaughter of his wife Karen.
Her body was found covered in branches at Macedon Regional Park eight months after the 47-year-old went missing in June 2016.
Ristevski killed her at their Avondale Heights home before bundling her body into her Mercedes-Benz, lying to his wife's family and playing a mournful pallbearer at her funeral.
He was initially due to stand trial for murder but a court deemed there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction, at which point he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
An autopsy could not determine the cause of Karen's death and Ristevski has never explained how his wife of 27 years died.
The couple's daughter, Sarah, has supported her father throughout the ordeal, providing a glowing reference for him in March at his pre-sentence plea hearing.
Ristevski could have been jailed for up to 20 years for manslaughter.
Following sentencing, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said officers were annoyed with the term imposed and wanted to see an appeal.
"We have had a number of police that have indicated their ... frustration with that amount (of jail time)," he said in April.
Ms Ristevski's brother Steve Williams was also outraged.
"Nothing is going to bring Karen back, but today was about justice and we didn't get justice today at all," he told reporters outside the Supreme Court of Victoria at the time.
When sentencing Ristevski, Justice Christopher Beale said he didn't have enough information to determine the severity of the crime.
"Without knowing the level and duration of the violence perpetrated by you which caused your wife's death, I simply cannot say whether your offending was mid or upper range," he said.