It has been one of the most high-profile cases over the past two years.
And as the news spreads that Borce Ristevski has been sentenced to nine years in jail with a non-parole period of just six years for the manslaughter of his wife Karen, there has been a public outcry over how soon he may be able to walk free.
Karen’s body was found dumped in bushland in February 2017, eight months after she disappeared from her home in Avondale Heights in Melbourne’s northwest.
Supreme Court Justice Christopher Beale said he had already served 491 days during pre-sentence detention. This means he may be out of jail in less than five years.
From labelling the sentence “disgusting”, “outrageous” and “unbelievable”, people have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the ruling.
Imagine living in a world where you can kill your wife, bury her in the bush, pretend she’s missing, lie to police, then get found out…and serve just six years in prison. Is this why they call Australia the lucky country? Lucky for Borce maybe. #auslaw pic.twitter.com/Ib3BnRBHUy
— Shannon Deery (@s_deery) April 18, 2019
He killed his wife. The mother of his child. Dumped her body. Lied to family and police. Carried her coffin. Admitted to manslaughter. Won’t say how or why he killed Karen. No answers. But with time already served, Borce Ristevski could be a free man in under 5 years. @9NewsMelb
— Eliza Rugg (@Eliza_Rugg9) April 18, 2019
I’m lost for words. This sentence is beyond inadequate.
— Annie Danda (@_anniedanda) April 18, 2019
No wonder domestic violent victims don’t feel safe anymore!!
— Melly (@Melstar71) April 18, 2019
BREAKING: Marriage vows changed after Borce Ristevski sentence: “For as long as you shall live… or as long as he lets you”
— Peter Broelman (@Broelman) April 18, 2019
— Lauren Bolton (@LaurenBolton3) April 18, 2019
Borce Ristevski was charged with murder in December 2017 but in March, Justice Beale ruled the evidence could not prove murderous intent.
He instead pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Their daughter Sarah Ristevski has supported her father throughout the ordeal.
Got a story tip? Send it to email@example.com
Or sign up to our daily newsletter here.