Estranged Greek Australian couple locked in bitter court battle over engagement ring

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Con Hatzis is suing his ex-fiance Anastasia Soulios in the hope a Victorian court will make her return more than $100,000 worth of jewellery he had gifted her during the course of their relationship.

According to a writ filed to the Victorian County Court on Valentine’s Day earlier this year, Mr Hatzis demanded Ms Soulios return an 18ct white gold diamond ring, a pair of diamond earrings and a diamond tennis bracelet that were part of engagement gifts.

Mr Hatzis claimed that he gave Ms Soulios the gifts on the “implied condition that (she) would keep them safe and return them to Hatzis on demand in the event they did not marry.”

Court documents reveal the couple split in August 2022 – never making it to the altar. Ms Soulios claims this was due in part to her fiance’s infidelity.

The 18ct white gold diamond ring Con Hatzis is demanding be returned. Picture: Supplied
The 18ct white gold diamond ring Con Hatzis is demanding be returned. Photo: Herald Sun.

Ms Soulios also claims she was “under no obligation” to return any of the jewellery and that the bracelet and earrings were 2021 Christmas presents from Mr Hatzis rather than engagement gifts.

Ms Soulios has also demanded that Mr Hatzis return a $9500 TAG watch she had bought him as an engagement gift.

Mr Hatzis claims he has suffered a loss of $101,035 and the ability to re-sell the jewellery to “mitigate its loss as a result of (Ms) Soulios’ unjust detention” of the goods.

The dispute will be decided at trial unless the parties agree to a settlement; mediation has been scheduled for the end of May.

Source: The Herald Sun

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