Ristevski Family Speak Out After Charges
The family of Karen Ristevski says they have never lost faith there would be justice for the slain Melbourne mother, more than one year after she went missing.
Her husband Borce Ristevski, 53, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with murder and is expected to spend Christmas in custody and behind bars.
Ms Ristevski's cousin Lisa Gray told Melbourne's Herald Sun her relative was a "beautiful" person.
"No person, particularly Karen, deserved to die in such a way. We have never lost faith that they will get justice for our beautiful Karen. This is another step towards Karen being remembered with dignity and love," she said.
Ms Ristevski's brother Steve Williams on Wednesday said it had been an emotional day.
"It is no way a celebration, it's another stage in bringing my beautiful sister Karen the justice she so deserves," he said in a statement.
Ristevski is accused of murdering his 47-year-old wife at Avondale Heights on June 29, 2016, according to documents tendered to the court.
Ms Ristevski went missing from the couple's Oakley Drive home the same morning.
Her remains were discovered in bushland in the Mount Macedon Regional Park almost eight months later, on February 20 this year.
Ristevski was remanded in custody and is scheduled to return to court on April 18.