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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 April 2019
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Greek Australian father of five dies tragically in crash “My dad was my best friend and the best father any girl could ever have,” says Elizabeth, one of his five daughters THEODORA MAIOS Stavros Kostaras, 56, was killed tragically on the South Eastern Freeway, near Monarto in South Australia's Murraylands when his truck collided with the back of another truck, leaving five daughters, four grandchildren and his elderly parents behind. "I can't believe we have lost him. I am still in shock. It all feels like it's all a nightmare. Our dear child is no longer with us," says Stavros' 89-year-old mother, Elisavet who was expecting her son to come home on Saturday morning. Based in Adelaide, Stavros was an experienced truck driver who had worked in the industry for almost four decades. On Friday night the father of five left from Melbourne with his truck carrying a load of household goods, including aerosol cans. "The other truck was stationery in the middle of the road and my father, whose truck was carrying really heavy load didn't have enough time to stop or swirl and avoid the crash," says his eldest daughter Elizabeth Kostaras-Gakis. The rear-end collision happened around 2.30am, 73km from Adelaide. Stavros died on impact. Crime Briefs BULGARIAN SUSPECT Bulgarian man Yuliyanov J Raychev Serafim, 31, denied any involvement in the death of Australian gangster John Macris at his home in Greece last October. The man who allegedly stalked and gunned down the Sydney gang boss as he was getting into his Smart car outside his home in upmarket Glyfada states that he was on holidays in Greece. The suspect was spotted at a cafe following Macris, but claims he was simply having an ice-cream. His lawyer, Alexandros Lykourezos, said his client answered a few questions and denied charges. Police have reportedly identified the suspect in CCTV footage. 52-year-old Melrose Park driver whose truck was transporting cars and collided with Stavros' vehicle, avoided injury. "My father was the most loving and wonderful father a girl could ever ask for. He was loved by everybody. He was full of compassion and empathy and he will be remembered for his willingness to help others," Ms Kostaras-Gakis said. Stavros was born in Mytilini on 14 September, 1963. Pappou Stavros with his grandchildren Jordynne, Cristiano and Aleea. Stavros with three of his daughters Elizabeth Kostaras - Gakis, Sesimani and Kristen Kostaras on Elizabeth’s wedding day. PHOTO: SUPPLIED The crash also sparked a fire which destroyed the Booth Transport truck Kostaras was driving and spread to grass and scrub, requiring several Country Fire Service crews to extinguish the blaze. Emergency services attended the scene for several hours, along with SA Police Major Crash investigators. Police confirmed the The Greek ID that the Kostaras family used to come to Australia. Father Xristofas, mother Elisavet, Stavros and his brother Nikolaos. The family migrated from Mytilini.. He migrated to Australia in 1965 together with his parents and brother. The tragedy of his death has occurred just weeks ahead of his second daughter's wedding. "My sister Kristen is the one that informed me about dad's accident. She is due to get married in June and when she rang me, I wasn't going to answer, I was going to pretend I was sleeping because I was like 'my sister doesn't ring this early, she's probably just talking about wedding stuff'," Ms KostarasGakis said. Stavros' body has not been released and the family is expecting the coroner's report to be submitted before proceeding with a funeral service. "We loved him dearly and he will forever live in our hearts," concluded Ms Kostaras-Gakis, speaking on behalf of the family. McDONALD’S MURDER McDonalds worker Katia Pyliotis, 37, who bludgeoned customer Elia Abdelmessih, 69, in his own home, was sentenced to a 19-year jail term. Abdelmessih was found in the entry foyer of his Kew East home in 2005 with his face down in a bowl of bloody fluid. He was surrounded by a number of bloodstained items, including a broken statue of the Virgin Mary and a dented tin of mangoes. Motives for the attack are unclear. Despite the brutal attack that was likely triggered by some event, it did not appear to be premeditated. Pyliotis, aged 23 at the time of the crime, left for South Australia the following year and lived there undetected for 11 years. White pleads guilty to manslaughter of artist John Christianos John Spencer White was arrested in Queensland in August last year and charged with murdering John Christianos, aged 40. The body of the Greek Australian graphic designer was found in a wheelie bin 17 years after the man's disappearance from Oakleigh South in 2001. Christianos had worked for White, painting images of sports stars. At one stage, both men lived at White’s shop. On June 11, 2001, the pair went drinking at a nearby hotel and got into an argument after they returned to the shop. White was accosted with a knife, so he grabbed a gun and shot Christianos twice. Court documents show the body was in a bin, head down and covered it with soil. The storage unit where John Christianos’ (inset) body was found. The bin was found by workers cleaning out a storage unit in 2018 after the facility was sold and the owner was clearing the premises. White, aged 62, was extradited from Noosa and charged with murder, how- ever these charges have now been reduced to manslaughter. He appeared in Melbourne Magistrate's Court on Monday for a committal hearing to determine if he should stand trial for murder but the case was ad- journed before prosecutors agreed to drop the charges for manslaughter. On Tuesday, White entered a plea to the new manslaughter charge, and is expected to return to court to apply for bail.
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