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The aunt of slain Melbourne mother Karen Ristevski says her husband's eleventh-hour confession to manslaughter was done for selfish reasons.

Borce Ristevski, 55, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the manslaughter of his wife almost three years after she went missing in June 2016, hours before his trial for murder was due to begin.

The surprise admission came after years of him denying any involvement with her death.

READ MORE: Why Borce Ristevski's confession may mean details of Karen's death are never revealed


He also made the confession after the prosecution case for murder fell apart, when the judge ruled post-offence conduct — including moving Ms Ristevski’s body and lying to police — was inadmissible as evidence of the legal mindset required for him to be convicted of murder."

Ristevski will avoid spending life behind bars. The maximum penalty for manslaughter is 20 years, but according to experts Ristevski could get far less.

The admission also means details of how and why Mrs Ristevski’s life was cut short may never be revealed.


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Mrs Ristevski's aunt Patricia Gray told The Herald Sun today it was too little, too late.

"He has done this for selfish reasons," she said.

"He is either covering up for someone or just can't face it. I don't know."

9News has spoken to some of the deceased’s relatives and friends, who are now tasked with drafting their victim impact statements for the plea hearing on March 27.


Mrs Ristevski’s brother, Stephen Williams, yesterday rushed to the Supreme Court to witness her husband’s back-flip.

“I only had one sister, that’s it, the only family I’ve got. I knew Karen wasn’t coming home, knew that from a very early stage.”

Neighbours in Avondale Heights said they are shocked by the latest developments.

“I think he's probably got to him, and ah, he thought he'd take the easy way out,” the local, who requested not to be identified, said.

Back in July 2016, during a public appeal for information about Mrs Ristevski's disappearance, Ms Gray stood alongside Ristevski and the couple's daughter Sarah.


The press conference ended when Ristevski was repeatedly asked if he had killed his wife. He did not answer.

Ristevski was charged in December 2017 after a lengthy Victoria Police investigation that involved listening devices and the analysis of CCTV footage.

Ristevski was accused of killing his 47-year-old wife at their Avondale Heights home on June 29, 2016, and using her Mercedes-Benz roadster to dispose of the body in bushland.

Her skeletal remains were found between logs in Macedon Regional Park eight months later.

Ristevski will face a pre-sentence hearing on March 27.

© AAP 2019

https://www.9news.com.au/2019/03/15/06/42/borce-ristevski-manslaughter-wife-karen-confession-selfish-murder-trial-news-melbourne-victoria
 

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