Greek helicopter pilot detained in British wife's death

James Marshall
Июня 18, 2021

Charalambos "Babis" Anagnostopoulos has confessed to murdering his British wife Caroline Crouch at their home in Glyka Nera, Athens, after initially claiming she died in a robbery, police have said.

Nikos Rigas, the deputy chairman of the police officers' association of Athens, told state TV that examination of mobile devices, a smartwatch, and cameras had established a timeline that revealed inconsistencies in the pilot's account.

The husband of 20-year-old homicide victim Caroline Crouch, a young woman of British descent and the mother of one, was on Friday expected to face charges of murder when he appears before a public prosecutor in Athens.

"The perpetrator is [Ms Crouch's] 33-year-old husband, who confessed to his act", a statement released by detectives said.

However, the Hellenic Police said on Thursday the helicopter pilot had now confessed to the crime.

Following the murder, the Ministry of Civil Protection offered a reward of €300,000 (£250,000) for any information that would lead to an arrest.

He claimed that he struggled but was overcome and tied to a chair while the mystery assailants robbed the home and killed his wife, leaving the couple's infant daughter screaming beside her mother's body.

He had been attending a memorial service for his wife on the Aegean island of Alonissos, where she grew up, but was taken by boat to Skiathos where he was then flown back to the Greek capital for questioning.

The mayor of Alonissos, Petros Vafinis, told newsit.gr: "The police were very discreet and there was no disturbance at the memorial".

He told police the burglars tied up, tortured and strangled his wife Caroline Crouch, 20, to death.

The development could spell the end of a month-long investigation into circumstances of Ms Crouch's killing, which had left police baffled, due to the lack of evidence found at the scene.

He had previously described the murderer as tall, dark-skinned, overweight and under 30 years old.

Mr Anagnostopoulos had told broadcasters at the time that the attack has been a "nightmare".

"We begged the thieves not to harm us".

"Police are doing their job and they will catch them".

Earlier this month, police asked the public for "patience" after admitting they still had not found a getaway auto or any suspects in the alleged crime, the New York Post reported.

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