A GREEK cop first on the murder scene of Caroline Crouch immediately took her baby daughter from her husband because he acted “cold and strange”.
Officers who arrived at the couple’s home at Glyka Nera found the 20-year old Brit dead next to her baby daughter while her husband Babis Anagnostopoulos was tied and blindfolded.
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The helicopter pilot had originally told police a gang of Albanian criminals had broken into the house and tortured and killed his student wife.
He later confessed to killing Caroline as he “lost his temper” during an argument.
According to Proto Thema, Greek police chief George Kalliakmanis said the officers who arrived at the crime scene on May 11, had suspected Babis right from the start.
“The police officers who arrived at the scene found a very ‘polished’ house,” he said.
“Usually burglars empty everything.
“The officers noticed the pilot was acting ‘cold’ when they released him.
“The perpetrator allegedly did not know about his wife’s death and asked ‘Is Caroline dead?’
“He then said a few words and got the baby in his arms.”
He continued by saying that one of the officers noticed the 33-year-old “acting strangely”.
“That’s when he told me he was suspecting the husband did it,” he added.
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He concluded by saying that the house did not look like a house that had just been robbed as clothes were thrown around looked staged.
Babis spent over a month deceiving police and playing the role of the devastated widower.
Detectives had a breakthrough when discovering the data they had found on the couple’s smart devices did not match up with his version of events.
An app on the pilot’s phone tracked his repeated steps from the attic to the basement of the home at the time he had claimed to be blindfolded and tied up by the alleged burglars.
Police also had discovered the memory card in the security camera of the couple’s home had also been removed at 1:20 am – while he had claimed the thieves broke into the house several hours later.
Caroline’s smartwatch recorded that her heart had stopped beating hours before the time Anagnostopoulos claimed she must have been murdered.
While Babis was on the island of Alonnisos for Caroline’s memorial service, police had to set up a trap, fearing he might flee the country.
Officers who travelled to the island by helicopter approached him and asked him to follow them in order to identify a suspect they had allegedly arrested at Athen’s airport Eleftherios Venizelos.
After an eight-hour- investigation Babis confessed to his crime saying he “panicked” and was planning to hide the mum’s body before deciding to fake a violent robbery because he wanted to keep the custody of his daughter.
On Friday the pilot arrived at court surrounded by cops and was charged with intentional homicide and animal abuse as well as with false accusations.
He has since apologised for his crime and said he is only concerned about his baby daughter Lydia.
A coroner’s report revealed that Caroline fought her husband minutes before her death.
The police file also includes Caroline’s diary which shows the relationship of the couple was far from perfect and that she was considering leaving him for a long time.
Caroline’s mum claimed she did not suspect her daughter’s husband “for a second.”
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, where you call 999 and press ‘55’ if you can’t safely speak.
- Always keep some money or a bank card on you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to move towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone in case you need to call for help.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom.
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@example.com.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.