Chris Soteriou, the Greek-Australian businessman who was stabbed in 2010 by his then wife’s lover on his birthday, described the night his former wife and her lover attempted to kill him.
His former wife, Vicky Soteriou, and her lover, Aris Dimitrakis, were both found guilty in the Australian Supreme Court. The woman gave Dimitrakis the knife to kill her husband so they could “live forever together.”
Fortunately, after being stabbed seven times, Chris survived.
As Soteriou recently revealed to Sunday Night he did not feel any pain during and straight after the stabbing frenzy on the night of his 44th birthday dinner, but he was in shock once he learned that his beloved wife had plotted his murder.
On the program, Chris re-traced the steps he took with his wife the night he nearly died.
“We were laughing, hugging and cuddling, reminiscing how beautiful the night was,” he recalled.
Chris stopped at the location, where Ari leapt out and slashed his throat with the knife – a Christmas gift for Vicky from years earlier.
On camera, Chris unbuttoned his blazer and pulled up his shirt to expose the scars.
“[As a divorced man] I was worth $3 million [to her]. As a dead husband I was worth $7 million,” he said, when asked about why Vicky would want him dead.
Footage of Vicky Soteriou’s interviews at Richmond Police Station were also aired. In the first one, she makes a confession about the affair.
“I don’t understand why you would want your husband to be killed. Can you explain why?” A police officer asks.
“Because it was … I know, it was stupid, absolutely silly, I know.”
In the ensuing court battle, Vicky repeatedly declared she was “not guilty.” She lost and was sentenced to a minimum of nine years.
Chris also revealed to Sunday Night how Vicky’s family tried to twist the story and claim he had plotted his own murder.
He said he has moved on, enjoying life with a supportive partner and looking after his young twins.
But he has not spoken with his daughter Marie, now a teenager, who believes that it was his fault her mother was sent to jail.
“I hope she is okay and this is my story. This is the truth, and my door will always be open”, he said, his eyes brimming with tears.
In addition, a former lover has revealed would-be murderer Vicky Soteriou, tried to have her husband killed at least five years before the attempt on his life that put her behind bars.
Watch a previous interview with Chris Soteriou below: