KAREN Ristevski’s daughter Sarah has been revealed as a shock prosecution witness in the murder case against her father Borce, as his lawyers attempt to stop the media from reporting on the trial.
Mr Ristevski is accused of killing Karen, who went missing from the couple’s $1.1 million Avondale Heights mansion, in Melbourne’s northwest, in June 2016.
Her body was found between two logs in bushland eight months later in bushland in the Mount Macedon Regional Park.
The 54-year-old has pleaded not guilty.
The nature of the evidence Sarah, 22, will give to the court is not clear.
The last time the public heard from Sarah was when she appeared before the media in 2016 soon after her mother’s disappearance to make an emotional public plea for her information on her whereabouts.
She was still living with her father in the weeks after her mum vanished.
Mr Ristevski was charged with Karen’s murder in December.
Sarah’s role as a prosecution witness was revealed in an application by Mr Ristevski’s lawyers to place a suppression order on media reporting of the case.
His defence has argued that “deliberately toxic” reporting had meant he could not get a fair trial.
The application for the suppression order will be heard in Melbourne Magistrates Court today.
Mr Ristevski appeared in court via video last month, when it was revealed that the prosecution had amassed 22,000 pages of evidence against him — including transcripts from listening devices.