Borce Ristevski to contest murder charge
Borce Ristevski is accused of murdering his wife Karen on the same day she disappeared from the couple's Melbourne home in 2016.
Detectives arrested the 53-year-old Avondale Heights resident on Wednesday morning and he then faced Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with his wife's murder.
"He will be pleading not guilty," his lawyer Rob Stary told magistrate Angela Bolger.
Ristevski is accused of murdering his 47-year-old wife at Avondale Heights on June 29, 2016, according to documents tendered to court.
Ms Ristevski went missing from the couple's Oakley Drive, Avondale Heights home the same morning.
Her remains were discovered in bushland in the Mount Macedon Regional Park almost eight months later, on February 20.
Prosecutor Andrew Tinney SC on Wednesday said police needed extra time to complete their brief of evidence "because of the nature of the investigation and the ongoing work that needs to be a done".
Mr Stary said his client had already been under investigation for a number of months.
"This man doesn't have any history and we want the matter expedited," he told the court.
Ristevski has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to return to court on April 18.
No one from his family was in court on Wednesday.
Outside court, Mr Stary did not answer any questions about whether he was surprised his client had been charged.
In March, hundreds of mourners dressed in black filled St John's Uniting Church at Essendon for a private funeral service for Ms Ristevski.
Her husband was one of the pallbearers, while their daughter Sarah carried a framed photo of her mother to lead the funeral procession.