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Court extends wife killer's sentence

Court extends wife killer's sentence
Prosecutors have won an appeal to extend the sentence for convicted wife killer Borce Ristevski.
The 55-year-old was jailed in April for at least six years with a maximum of nine years after admitting to the manslaughter of Karen Ristevski at the couple's Avondale Heights home in June 2016.
But prosecutors appealed against the sentence on the grounds it was manifestly inadequate.
Borce Ristevski has refused to say how his wife Karen died. (Supplied)
Today, Chief Justice Anne Ferguson and Justice Simon Whelan re-sentence Ristevski to 13 years with a non-parole of 10 years.
Justice Phillip Priest, in the minority, sought to re-sentenced Ristevski to 12 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of nine years.
Karen's brother smiled and looked relieved in court when the bench handed down its decision. He looks relieved.
Borce Ristevski. (AAP)
Ristevski, who attended the hearing via video link hasn't moved. He looked shocked and his face red.
The body of Karen Ristevski, 47, was found in bushland in Macedon, north of Melbourne, in January 2017 — eight months after she went missing.
The 55-year-old has never disclosed how or why he killed his wife of 27 years.
It comes after Brendan Kissane QC, acting for the Office of Public Prosecutions, argued the killer's "wheel of lies" about his wife's disappearance and refusal to say how he killed her warranted a harsher punishment.
Mr Kissane also said Borce Ristevski's dumping of the body and continued silence "indicates that something bad happened in the house".
The original minimum six-year jail term had also failed to adequately reflect what the crime had done to Mrs Ristevski's grieving family, who remained in the dark about what happened to her, the prosecutor added.
In sentencing Borce Ristevski in April, Justice Christopher Beale said he did not have enough information to determine the severity of the killing.