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Inside the room where Greek pilot ‘staged burglary after murdering Brit wife’

Babis Anagnostopoulos staged a fake break-in to cover up the death of 20-year-old Caroline Crouch

This is the living room where Babis Anagnostopoulos set up a fake crime scene after smothering his wife to death with a pillow.

Detectives investigating the death of British Caroline Crouch were initially led to believe she was killed by a trio of masked robbers who broke into the family home on the outskirts of Athens.

Anagnostopoulos, 33, told police the gang tortured his wife to death on May 11, as they demanded to know where their cash and valuables were kept.

For 38 days, the helicopter pilot stuck to his story, and Caroline’s parents had no suspicions at all when they hugged him at a memorial service last Wednesday.

But the following day, Anagnostopoulos was arrested by Greek police after police found data on his smartwatch that clashed with his story.

Following a six-hour interrogation, he admitted to killing his wife after she threatened to leave him, while their 11-month-old daughter Lydia was in the house.

He also killed the family’s pet husky, Roxy, and tied himself up to make the ‘break in’ story appear more convincing.

As prosecutors push for a life sentence in court, a photo produced in court shows a disabled CCTV camera with a memory card removed laying on the living room floor.

Caroline Crouch

Caroline Crouch, 20, was smothered with a pillow at her family’s home in Glyka Nera, Athens Provider: Facebook
Anagnostopoulos initially claimed the CCTV camera on the floor had been disabled by masked intruders

This is crucial to their case, as police claim he admitted to taking out the card three hour’s before smothering Caroline, 20.

Prosecutors say this shows the murder was premeditated, while the defence claim it was carried out in the heat of the moment in a bid to get a more lenient sentence.

The photo of the living room, taken by police, also shows baby toys, framed family pictures and a Monopoly board game box that Anagnostopoulos claimed contained £10,000 worth of euros, according to Greek TV station ANT1.

It also shows the window which the husband claimed the home invaders smashed into at around 5am.

According to a coroner’s report, Caroline went to bed and was asleep around six minutes before her husband attacked her.

She wore a fitness tracker on a wrist which indicated a ‘sleeping person’ at 3.58am. But this rose sharply between 4.05am and 4.11am as Anagnostopoulos suffocated her.

Data from the husband’s phone showed him moving between the ground floor and attic at a time he told police he was tied up, it is alleged.

Anagnostopoulos is said to have told police that he killed his wife because he ‘couldn’t bear the thought of their child growing up without both parents’.

Helicopter pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos, center, escorted by police officers arrives to the prosecutor's office at a court to give evidence, in Athens, Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Angry onlookers shouted ‘rot in prison’ as Anagnostopoulos arrived at court (Picture: AP)
Anagnostopoulos told detectives thieves were looking for £10,000 worth of euros in a Monopoly board game box (Picture: Chara Sota)

He was allegedly ‘quite cheerful’ at a detention centre on Saturday and said ‘instead of ending up in prison I should take care of my daughter and her upbringing from now on’, according to local media.

During his confession, is is said to have told detectives: ‘That night we were fighting early. At one point she threw the child in the crib and told me to leave the house.

‘She pushed me and punched me. I lost my temper, I suffocated her with the pillow. Τhen I made up the robbery.’

‘I tied myself up. I did everything because when I realised I killed her, I thought of my child.’

Lydia is currently in Athens in the custody of Anagnostopoulos’s teacher mum and architect dad.

Anagnostopoulos is said to have told police that he killed his wife because he ‘couldn’t bear the thought of their child growing up without both parents’
Caroline’s husband kept up his story for over a month as he comforted her grieving family members (Picture: Athena Pictures)

They both have expressed an interested in caring for her, but Caroline’s British father David Crouch and Filipina mother, Dela Cuesta, are also pushing for custody.

A Greek court is expected to reach a decision on who gets to look after Lydia soon.

Caroline’s parents, who moved with her to the Aegean island of Alonnisos, when she was a child, said a young mother had been ‘cruelly taken away at the beginning of what was expected to be a wonderful life’.

Liverpool-born David, 78, told the Daily Mail: ‘Both Susan and I will spend the rest of our lives making sure that justice is done and ensuring that her little daughter Lydia is brought up with all the advantages that we can give her and that the memories of her mother live forever.’

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