Five bombshell claims Caroline Crouch's husband could face at trial after ‘killing Brit wife and staging burglary'

Five bombshell claims Caroline Crouch's husband could face at trial after ‘killing Brit wife and staging burglary'

April 7, 2022

WHEN Brit mum Caroline Crouch was found murdered in her Athens home, her husband told cops she had been killed in a botched robbery.

But when his story slowly unravelled the pilot made a confession that shocked the world.



Babis Anagnostopoulos, 34, is accused of smothering his 20-year-old wife to death last year in front of their baby daughter and staging a burglary to blame it on an Albanian gang.

In the weeks that followed, Babis kept up his charade, crying to reporters, visiting his wife's grave with their daughter, Lydia, and comforting Caroline's heartbroken parents.

Police became suspicious when his story began to fall apart during an eight-hour interrogation before he was finally arrested on June 17.

He is due to face trial tomorrow charged with premeditated murder, filing a false police report and killing the family's dog in a sick bid to make the burglary more convincing.

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He will face a jury at Athens Court Complex after being held in the country’s top-security Korydallos prison.

The dad later said he regretted his actions and will try to prove that the killing was not premeditated in a bid to dodge a life sentence.

He told cops at the time: "I did not want to go to prison, because I wanted to raise my daughter," the 33-year-old was said to have told detectives.

Speaking to Sun Online ahead of the trial, the Crouch family lawyer, Thanassis Haramanis, said: "The self-confessed perpetrator of this crime has already proved that he will do anything to reduce his sentence.

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"That is his goal, and we will see it being played out in court. But we are confident and optimistic, that justice will be served. He will not be able to hide."

Here are some of the key claims he could face when appearing in the dock.

STAGED ROBBERY

In the early hours of May 12, 2021, Babis called Greek police at around 6am to say intruders had entered the couple's home.

The pilot told police how he "begged" intruders who supposedly broke into the house not to harm his family moments before they allegedly strangled Caroline to death in front of their 11-month-old baby.

He'd told of hearing her deseperate screams from the next room where he'd been bound by the evil gang.

He explained how he dialled for help using his nose but dectectives who tested this theory said that the method was virtually impossible.

Thanasis Katerinopoulos, a retired Greek police officer who worked on the case, said: "Let me show with you that I've tried to dial a number on my mobile phone, using my nose with my eyes open.

"I never managed to do so and I was wondering how he could have actually managed to call the police using his nose."

Babis then went on to stage an elaborate botched robbery, placing baby Lydia next to her dead mother's body, drowning the dog before hanging its body from the stairs and trashing the home.

He even told police that £10,000 had been taken from a Monoply box – cash saved to complete construction work on a new house the couple were hoping to build.

He told reporters outside the home at the time: "They tied us up while we told them where the money was.

"I realised that my wife was not alive when the police freed me.

"My daughter, fortunately, was not hit. She went to the hospital as a precaution and, fortunately, she is fine."

Investigator Nikos Rigas told state TV that Anagnostopoulos had "tried to create a crime scene…that looked convincing".

Greek cops spent weeks looking for a fictional Albanian gang before finally realising Babis' story didn't add up.

He was arrested just hours after he attended Caroline's memorial service where chilling pictures showed him standing over his wife's grave holding the couple's baby daughter.

MEMORY CARD

One of the pieces of evidence that could allegedly discredit the pilot's timeline of events was that the memory card from the couple's security camera was removed at 1:20am – two and half hours before Caroline is thought to have died.

Babis claimed that on May 11 2021, the thieves had broken into the family home nearly five hours later and destroyed the surveillance device on their way inside.

However, the last image from the CCTV camera shows him sitting on the sofa cradling his 11-month-old daughter at 12.35 am while texting with Caroline who was in the attic room.

The memory card was later recovered from the home after it was snapped and flushed down a toilet.

BABIS PHONE

On the night of Caroline's tragic death Babis was also tracked by his mobile phone, revealing his movements around the home in the Athens suburb of Glyka Nera.

The app showed repeated trips from the attic to the basement at around 5am, the same time he claimed he'd been bound by the Albanian robbers.

He also told cops he'd lost consciousness for up to 30 minutes due to the constricting tape tied around his neck.



Other data appeared to show he was active on his mobile during the time he was allegedly tied to the bed.

CAROLINE'S WATCH

Cops could also claim Caroline's biometric watch, which recorded her pulse rate, could reveal more crucial about what happened on the night of the killing.

At 4.01am, Caroline's smartwatch recorded a sudden intense pulse stimulation before her heart stopped beating at 4.11am.

The pilot is then accused of laying their baby daughter next to her mother's body in a bid to make the staged robbery look more convincing.

He is then thought to have drowned the couple's pet puppy, Roxy, before hanging her body from the stairs.

CAROLINE'S DIARY

The young Brit's heartbreaking diary gave cops get an insight into the pair's relationship before Caroline's death as she appeared to use code words to record the horrific abuse she suffered.

While only small parts of the haunting diary have been published, there are a number of entries that reveal the woman's plans to leave her abusive partner.

In a chilling entry of December of 2019, Caroline wrote: "I fought with Babi again. This time it was serious.

"I hit him, I cursed at him and he broke down the door.

"All I wanted was for him to ask how I am when I woke up. I woke up so weak and tired.

"I am thinking of leaving. I am thinking of going to my sister, I don't know if I can keep going with Babi.

"I love him so much that I can't leave him even though this relationship hurts me."

Another diary entry a month after the birth of baby Lydia, in July 2020, reads: "Today my little one is a month old – it's also the day I told Babi I want to leave… I feel awful."

Caroline stated in a number of entries that she was planning to leave Babis before she got pregnant but eventually "stayed with him because I didn't want my daughter to grow up without her parents."

According to messages from Caroline's phone, she had messaged her friend on the night of her death, telling them she was planning to leave Babis.

Detectives also revealed that the young mum had tried to book herself into a hotel that very same night.

According to local media a total of nineteen witnesses have been called to testify including Caroline's friends, the couple's neighbour, police officers who arrived at the scene as well as the medical examiner who performed the autopsy.

The couple's mental health counsellor Eleni Mylonopoulou who is also set to testify, had previously claimed that Caroline had confided in her about her relationship with Babis, as well as her suspicions about other women in his life.

Caroline's heartbroken father told the Mail Online: "I understand that Babis will use as his defence that he was provoked by Caroline and he was acting in self-defence.

"He will also cite her martial arts skills. This is not likely to fly as she had been asleep for several hours when he killed her.

"I just wish I could get my hands on the little weasel."




How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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