Sarah Ristevski will never blame father for the death of mother – experts say she is “under his spell.”
Sarah Ristevski is not “emotionally ready” to accept that her father brutally murdered her mother – and insists that she will love him and support him when he is released from prison.
She spoke publicly about the death of Karen Ristevski for the first time 60 minutes on Channel Nine on Sunday night, almost four years after her father Borce Ristevski killed her in their home in Melbourne and dumped her body in bushland.
“I don’t like to talk about what happened. We don’t talk about it. We don’t think about it, “she said.
“Even though he pleads guilty, I find it hard to understand that he is guilty. I think if he were in my position, he would support me. “
Miss Ristevski said that Borce would have her continued support if he was released from prison.
“He’s my dad. I have one parent left … I loved him before, I love him now and I’ll love him in 11 years’ time when he gets home, “she said.
“If you stand in my position, I think your mind is everywhere – different things (like) how my mother died. It’s not on my … I just can’t go.
“My heart says: I can’t understand. I can’t think why my mother died. ”
Pictured: Sarah with her father, Borce, as a young girl. She said she has always loved her father and will always stay
While standing by the woman-murderer, who shocked Australia last year with an 11th hour guilty plea for manslaughter, a renowned psychologist believes Miss Ristevski is under the spell of her father.
Laura Richards, a criminal behavioral analyst, said that the unconditional support of Mrs. Ristevski suggests that she has been manipulated.
“I think Sarah was in a bubble, in a vacuum, in a very unusual situation, he is constantly the one in her ear,” she said.
Karen was killed by her husband in June 2016 in their house Avondale Heights, Melbourne.
He pretended innocence, lied to the police, the public and his daughter, and even carried his wife’s coffin at her funeral until he admitted to manslaughter on the eve of his murder trial in 2019.
In the 60-minute interview that allegedly earned her a six-figure salary, Miss Ristevski would “not go there” when she was forced into debt by her father.
Borce Ristevski and his daughter Sarah in 2016 before he was convicted of murdering his wife
The British psychologist and criminal lawyer Laura Richards believes that Miss Ristevski has been manipulated
But Mrs. Richards believes Miss Ristevski will one day come to terms with what her father did to her mother – and everything he robbed her of in the process.
“As the contact decreases between [Borce] and [Sarah], while her relationships with other people become stronger, [she] will think about things in a very different way, “” how could he have done this? How could he rob me of my mother? “And suddenly these emotions came to the fore. And I believe that will happen, “she said.
The graphic designer is still talking to and visiting her father in prison. She said they had discussed her interview – the first she has offered since her mother’s death.
She denied that she was “under his spell” and said the interview was an opportunity to speak her truth.
“He says that I am my own person and that is how he raised me. Before the interview, he said I just had to be honest and be myself. That’s all he asked, “she said.
Pictured: Sarah with her parents Borce and Karen in happier times. Borce has since announced that she killed Karen
The 24-year-old daughter of Karen Ristevski spoke for the first time in public about the brutal death of her mother
Miss Ristevski was famous for her father, even when he pleaded guilty for murdering her mother after three debilitating years of denial of any involvement.
He has never offered further details about her death.
She chose not to provide the court with a victim impact statement for the loss of her mother and instead offered a radiant character reference for her father to “mark the man she knows”.
The 24-year-old said she did not want to help the officers who had been horrible to her by providing a victim impact statement, and said that when she and her father initially tried to report her mother missing, they were fired by officers.
Both she and her father were worried at the time, but they were told that Karen was probably “playing the pokies” and would contact again if they hadn’t heard from her at midnight.
Miss Ristevski also used the interview as an opportunity to ward off rumors that her stepbrother had a romantic relationship with her mother.
“It could never be true … It’s unforgivable,” she said of the explosive claims before confirming that she’s out of relationship with her brother.
Since then she has insisted that she can see the sorrow [Borce feels] at the loss of my mother ‘.
“We are both equally sad. He loved my mother … He misses her every day, “she said, holding back her tears.
Clothing store owner Karen disappeared from the parental home in Avondale Heights in northwest Melbourne on June 29, 2016. Pictured with Borce and Sarah
Ristevski was imprisoned for at least six years last April after admitting the manslaughter of his 27-year-old wife.
The police revealed that they had tapped telephone conversations during the investigation, which was part of a 22,000-page document.
When Sarah asked her father where her mother was on the day of her disappearance, he told her that she had gone for a walk after a fight. She said she could see he was worried.
‘I felt like we were just zombies, just didn’t sleep, didn’t eat, we just sat still that day. It just felt like we were trapped in a nightmare, “Sarah told the program on Sunday night.
In December, the appeal of Karen’s family to the sentence was successful and the prison sentence of Ristevski was extended to 13 years, ten with no chance of conditional release.
Miss Ristevski said that despite her father serving a sentence, she feels that her life has also been put on hold.
Borce Ristevski, 55, killed his wife Karen (left) in their house at Avondale Heights, Melbourne, in June 2016, before plunging her body into a regional park. In the photo with their daughter Sarah, who was then 21
“My father serves time, but I am also … The realization that I am a bit alone.”
She finally admitted that she had once asked her father if he had injured her mother, but said he denied any involvement in her death.
“He is my father, so nothing has changed,” she said. “I don’t know what to believe.”
Miss Ristevski does her best not to think about her mother’s death at all.
“I hate to think about what happened. I prefer to think of the better times. I just find it tiring, “she said. “I can’t move forward if I’m stuck in the past.”
Her life’s purpose, she said, is to make both parents proud of her.
Borce Ristevski (photo) was a pallbearer at the funeral of his wife Karen in March 2017
KAREN RISTEVSKY: HOW THE MYSTERY PERFORMED
29 June 2016
* Karen Ristevski last seen at her home in Melbourne in Avondale Heights
* Her cell phone depends on a tower in the Macedon Ranges
* A car similar to its black Mercedes SLK coupe spotted by CCTV cameras near Diggers Rest train station
December 19, 2016
* Police search grassland, waterways, creeks and farms
February 20, 2017
* Body of Karen Ristevski found in Mount Macedon Regional Park
A hiker encountered Karen’s body between two tribes in Mount Macedon National Park on February 20, 2017
March 6, 2017
* Funeral service held with husband Borce Ristevski a pallbearer, while daughter Sarah leads the procession
August 31, 2017
* Police mimics Mrs. Ristevski’s journey on the day she was missing in a black Mercedes, identical to her
December 13, 2017
* Borce Ristevski accused of murder and stands in court where a lawyer reports a non-guilty plea. He is taken into custody
April 18, 2018
* Ristevski returns to court, revealing that detectives have taped phone calls and listeners while investigating the alleged murder, and have collected 22,000 pages of evidence
* Ristevski receives state-funded legal aid if he fights the allegations
Trapped: Borce Ristevski
March 12, 2019
* Prosecutors face a major setback.
A Supreme Court Judge decides on evidence about Ristevski’s behavior after Karen’s death could not be used as evidence of his alleged “murderous intention”
March 13, 2019
* The indictment of Ristevski is degraded and he pleads guilty to Karen’s death
April 18, 2019
* Ristevski has been sentenced to nine years in prison, with a six-year non-suspended period
May 13, 2019
* Prosecutors launch bid to increase Ristevski’s prison sentence and label his sentence as “apparently inadequate.”
His sentence is increased to 13 years, with a non-conditional period of 10.
Source: AAP, Daily Mail Australia