Borce Ristevski's Prison Sentence Increased To 13 Years
Borce Ristevski will spend at least ten years in jail for the manslaughter of his wife, Karen.
Ristevski was sentenced to nine years in jail, with a non-parole period of six years, in April after pleading guilty manslaughter on the eve of his murder trial.
The Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the sentence on the grounds it was manifestly inadequate.
On Friday, the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and agreed to re-sentence Ristevski to 13 years jail, with a non-parole period of ten years including time already of served.
Prosecutors had argued the killer deserved more time in jail for his years of silence and lies, and two out of three Court of Appeal judges agreed.
"Mr Ristevski did not simply maintain his right to silence, but took immediate and positive steps to avoid his crime being discovered," Chief Justice Anne Ferguson said on Friday.
"This included concealing Ms Ristevski's body and engaging in an elaborate course of deception."
"Ms Ristevski should have been safe in her own home."
Outside court, Ms Ristevski's younger brother, Stephen Williams, told journalists the result was as good as could have been given.
When asked what he had wanted, Williams replied: "I wanted capital punishment to be brought back in but that was never going to happen".
Despite his guilty plea in April, Ristevski has never revealed how he killed his wife, and the cause of death could not be determined because Karen's decomposed body was found nearly eight months after she died.
After Karen died at the couple's Avondale Heights home on June 29, 2016, Ristevski put her body in the back of his car and drove it to remote bushland in Mount Macedon.
CCTV cameras captured a black Mercedes travelling near Diggers Rest railway station on the same evening as Karen died.
Ristevski initially told police that Karen was missing after the pair had argued and she had left their home to calm down.
Weeks after Karen's disappearance, Ristevski and his daughter Sarah made an emotional public appeal, pleading for any witnesses to come forward.
But in the following months, Ristevski became the centre of the police investigation. Homicide squad detectives were called in and Ristevski was questioned over his wife's disappearance.
He made a public statement a few days later claiming police advised him to not speak to the media.
After Karen's body was found in February 2017, Ristevski acted as a pallbearer at her funeral and was comforted by family in friends.
On December 10, Ristevski was arrested and charged with one count of murder and plead not guilty at his August 8, 2018, committal trial.
But the day before his trial was due to start, Ristevski pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.
During his sentencing his daughter Sarah provided a glowing character reference calling her father "loving" and "caring".