The model widow of dead Australian gangster John Macris has revealed their children learned of his brutal execution by watching a YouTube video.
Mr Macris, 46, was allegedly shot dead by a gunman during a professional hit outside of his seaside house in Athens, Greece in 2018.
The moment Mr Macris was allegedly shot four times through the chest by an assassin while sitting in his smart car was recorded in confronting CCTV footage.
He left behind his wife Viktoria Karida and their two children, daughter Alexandra, 8, and son Achilles, 12, who were inside during the shooting.
Ms Karida said on Thursday that Alexandra was left in tears after watching a YouTube video of her father’s death, discovering he had been murdered.
John Macris (right), his wife Viktoria Karida (left) and their son Achilles when he was a baby. Mr Macris was allegedly shot dead by a gunman during a professional hit outside of his seaside house in Athens, Greece in 2018
‘Three weeks ago, my daughter heard or saw something and searched via Google for her father’s name,’ Ms Karida told Greek newspaper Pro Thema.
‘She watched and cried a lot, came to my room and said, “Mum, we know the truth. We saw the video.” I was petrified.
‘I found the courage and told them that “Dad was killed by robbers. He went out of the house and they killed him. That’s what they know so far.”‘
Shocking CCTV footage of Mr Macris’ death is easily accessible after a quick search for his name on YouTube and Google.
In the footage, Mr Macris sat in his smart car outside of his home when a black-clad man with a baseball cap raced to his car, shooting him four times in the shoulder.
Ms Karida (pictured) said her daughter Alexandra, 8, only found out about how her father died by watching a YouTube video of his assassination
In the footage, Mr Macris sat in his smart car outside of his home when a black-clad man with a baseball cap raced to his car, shooting him four times in the shoulder
The attacker fired another two shots, hitting Mr Macris in the chest as he lurched out of the vehicle, trying to escape but falling on the ground.
He was laid to rest at Sydney’s Rookwood Cemetery in November 2018.
Ms Karida’s revelation that the children had seen the brutal execution comes ahead of the trial of Mr Macris’ accused killers next week.
Bulgarian brothers Yuliyanov J Raychev Serafim, 31, and Milen Raychev, 33, are charged with the professional hit on Mr Macris and will face court on July 1.
Serafim left Greece the day after Mr Macris’s murder but was arrested in April last year after allegedly returning to Athens for another job.
Mr Macris and Ms Karida at a party before his untimely death. Ms Karida’s revelation that the children had seen their father’s brutal execution comes ahead of the trial of Mr Macris’ accused killers next week
Meanwhile, Raychev was extradited from Bulgaria and arrested in August 2019.
The CCTV footage will be played at their trial and the prosecution will call 19 witnesses to the stand – while the defence has just three.
Mr Macris was a Sydney businessman who fled to Athens in 2013 and is said to have run a highly organised crime racket, importing massive amounts of drugs into Australia.
Authorities said Mr Macris told friends he thought he was being followed in the weeks before his death and decided to carry a gun.
Bulgarian man Yuliyanov J Raychev Serafim (centre, left), 31, is one of the brothers who allegedly stalked and gunned down Macris at his home in Greece