Caroline Crouch, 20, was killed in the home she lived in with her husband and 11-month-old daughter on the outskirts of Athens on May 11.
Her husband, Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, staged a robbery, calling police to say that he and his wife had been tied up by robbers who killed her after breaking into the property looking for valuables.
Later on, evidence from the biometric watch that Crouch wore on her wrist, as well as “suspicious” activity recorded on Anagnostopoulos’ cellphone at the time of the murder, made the police question his story.
Then he admitted to strangling his wife in the bedroom in front of their daughter.
Via The Greek Reporter, the suspect told investigators that he killed Crouch after she threatened to leave him and take their infant with her following an argument:
“We had an argument that night. At one point she threw the child inside the crib and told me to get up and leave the house. She pushed me and punched me. I blurred, I killed her and then I staged the robbery,” he told police investigators.
This confession came after he had staged the scene of a crime to back his story told to the police.
Sky News reports that he spoke to Greek television, referring to the staged robbery:
“I cannot describe it. I cannot describe it.
“I hope this will not happen to anyone else.
“Police are doing their job and they will catch them. I hope what my family and the family of my wife has been through will not happen to anyone again.”
Anagnostopoulos was a helicopter pilot:
Greek police had been puzzled over several very important issues regarding the crime scene.
Firstly, there was negligible evidence that robbers had been on the scene, with no DNA, fingerprints, security footage, or any other sign present typical of a robbery.
So after the memorial service for the victim was held on the island of Alonnisos, Anagnostopoulos was escorted by a homicide division group back to the Attica police headquarters in Athens (GADA) for additional testimony.
This was because of new evidence that had come up, centred around three main findings:
Anagnostopoulos played the game for as long as he could, even posing as a grieving husband on social media with statements like “sad that our daughter will grow up without remembering her beautiful mother, who was the joy of my life.”
I hope justice is served accordingly.
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