Appeal Borce Ristevski's manifestly inadequate sentence

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IT IS TIME FOR REAL JUSTICE.

Karen Ann was killed by Borce Ristevski on 29 June 2016.

The killer subsequently hid Karen's body. The killer lied about it - to Karen's family, to Victoria Police, and to the Courts.

The killer was charged with the murder of his wife of 27 years, Karen Ann, but with the Prosecution unable to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, the killer ultimately pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

To this day, the killer remains tight-lipped and will not disclose how or why he killed Karen Ann. The killer was sentenced to a maximum of nine, and a minimum of six, years in prison for killing Karen Ann.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Kerri Judd QC, has 28 days to appeal this sentence and should do so immediately. The Director can argue that the sentencing judge did not give enough weight to aggravating factors and gave too much weight to mitigating circumstances in sentencing this killer.

We need to stand together for victims of men's violence if we want change to occur. The law is excruciatingly slow to change and acknowledge its own shortcomings. Sadly, current prison sentencing for violent men remains pitifully low. 

Our community looks to the courts for justice. It's time to stop excuses and demand justice for all women whose lives are taken by men they trust.

It's time for the Director who represents our community to mirror that expectation and appeal this sentence. It's time for courts to deter violent behaviour by giving appropriately lengthy sentences when such heinous crimes are committed.

ALL WOMEN HAVE A RIGHT TO FEEL AND BE SAFE.