Greek pilot who claimed his British wife was killed by intruders convicted of her murder


A Greek helicopter pilot who tried to claim his British wife was killed by armed robbers in their Athens home has been convicted of her killing.

A court in the Greek capital found 34-year-old Babis Anagnostopoulos guilty of murdering 20-year-old Caroline Crouch in May 2021 as the couple’s 11-month-old daughter slept in the house.

For weeks, he misled police by claiming she was killed in a brutal house invasion, courts heard.

Anagnostopoulos initially claimed their home was broken into. Pic AP

He has also been convicted of strangling the couple’s dog, to lend to his claim that the family was the victim of a break-in.

A sentencing hearing is expected to take place later today.

After abandoning the home invasion scenario, the defendant claimed Ms Crouch died following an altercation over child care.

Prosecutors maintained that he intentionally suffocated her while she was sleeping.

Anagnostopoulos initially told police that burglarers broke into the house at night, binding and gagging the couple in their bedroom.

British national Caroline Crouch, 20, who was strangled to death during a robbery at her home in the Glyka Nera suburb in Athens, Greece, she shared with her Greek husband, Babis Anagnostopolous, 33, and her 11-month infant daughter
Ms Crouch was suffocated in her sleep. Pic Shutterstock/Rex Images

Authorities initially announced a €300,000 (£254,000) reward for information and police arrested Anagnostopoulos more than a month after Ms Crouch’s death.

He was seen attending a memorial service for her near her family home on the Aegean Sea Island of Alonissos and was seen hugging the victim’s mother before being led away.

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