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Greek husband admits murdering his British wife by suffocating her in front of their daughter

The Greek husband of murdered Briton Caroline Crouch has confessed to killing her in front of their baby when she threatened to walk out on him - before inventing the story of a gruesome robbery to cover his tracks.

Babis Anagnostopoulos had initially told police that burglars broke into the family home near Athens in the early hours of May 11, tied up him and his wife, threatened their infant daughter with a gun, strangled Caroline to death, then fled with £10,000 in cash in a case which shocked Greece.

But now police say Babis has confessed to stuffing cloth into Caroline's mouth and then smothering her to death during a row in which she had threatened to leave him along with their child, before spending the pre-dawn hours staging the robbery.

As part of his cover-up, detectives say the 33-year-old helicopter pilot drowned the family dog and hanged its body from an a stair banister - something he would later blame on the 'raiders'.

But his story fell apart when a fitness tracker on Caroline's wrist showed her heart had stopped beating hours before the alleged break-in took place.

More tracking data from Babis's phone also showed him moving from the attic to the basement of the house and back again, despite claiming to have spent all night tied to the bed.

And data from a security camera at the home showed its memory card had been removed at 1.20am - again, hours before Babis claimed the break-in happened.

Police said Babis broke down and confessed when confronted with the evidence during an eight-hour questioning session that ended with a statement of his guilt issued by officers at 9.36pm local time yesterday.

Babis is now being held in custody in Athens and is expected to be hauled before a magistrate today when he will be formally charged with murder.

'When faced with the evidence he confessed,' said Apostolos Skrekas, a police spokesman.

'The tracker contradicted his initial testimony that he had been roped up and gagged by three assailants. Instead, what we found was that he moved around the house, going from the attic to the basement.'

Greek police said in a statement: 'Investigation of the homicide of a 20-year-old native (or resident) that took place on May 11, 2021 in Glyka Nera.

'The perpetrator is her 33-year-old husband, who confessed to his act.'

The confession comes five weeks after Babis led mourners at Ms Crouch's funeral and read a eulogy while standing over her grave.

'Our loved ones are the most important people to us all,' he said at the time - wiping away tears while holding their baby daughter in his arms.

'You should always look after your loved ones and enjoy your time together.'

On social media, the young couple appeared to enjoy a blessed life - 20-year-old Caroline posting family snaps of the couple with their daughter, or else showing off their idyllic-seeming life in Greece as she wandered on sunny beaches in bikinis.

The pair had met while Babis was on holiday to the Greek island of Alonissos where Caroline, who was born in the UK, had lived with her parents since the age of eight.

They were married in 2018, and she gave birth to their first child - a daughter - in June last year.

But friend said last night that the idyllic images were merely a mirage - in fact, Babis was a jealous and controlling husband and Caroline was deeply unhappy.

'She could not have the time she wanted with her friends and she was constantly expressing her complaints about his behavior,' a source told Greek news site Ethnos.

Police had also revealed during their investigations that both Babis and Caroline had been in therapy at the time of the killing, speaking to the same psychologist but during separate sessions.

At the time, it was reported that Caroline was suffering from post-natal depression. Officers did not say what Babis was being treated for.

Texts found by police on the coupe's phones backed up suspicions of a less-than happy marriage, according to police, with messages exchanged in English showing one had called the other 'stupid.'

On the night of the murder, Caroline had allegedly messaged a friend saying that she was leaving Babis.

Phone data also showed that Caroline had attempted to book herself into a hotel on the night she died, detectives said.

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My view: Oh well we knew all along he was lying, the devil incarnate.


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