CAROLINE Crouch’s shameless husband told court he ‘still loves her’ to avoid a murder charge.
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 34, was accused of choking his 20-year-old wife in front of their baby daughter last year before faking a burglary to frame an Albanian gang.
British mother Caroline was found murdered at her home in Athens in the early hours of May 12, 2021 and her husband told police she was killed in a botched robbery.
In the weeks that followed, Anagnostopoulos continued his charade, crying at reporters, visiting his wife’s grave with their daughter Lydia, and consoling Caroline’s heartbroken parents.
Police became suspicious when his story began to fall apart during an eight-hour interrogation before he was finally arrested on June 17 after reportedly making a shock confession.
He has since been held in the country’s maximum-security Korydallos prison and arrived today for his trial before a court in Athens.
When the 34-year-old first stood in the dock as the Athens hearing officially began, he insisted it all happened “in the heat of the moment” and claimed he “still loves his wife”.
Asked if he accepts the charges he now faces, including first degree murder, he told the three-person court: “I never meant to hurt my wife. I loved her and still do.
“That hasn’t changed and never will change since I met her.”
When the presiding judge told him that the murder, he claims, happened “in the heat of the moment,” he shot back, “I say that, it was never premeditated, I had no benefit or gain from the act.”
The helicopter pilot has spent months preparing for the court hearing and has signaled he will blame Crouch’s “narcissistic aggressive behavior.”
As news of his line of defense reached the small crowd gathered outside the mixed jury, a young woman who described herself as a “Caroline supporter” blurted out, “You see, a high-profile actor, just like the police do said. ”
A total of fourteen witnesses for the prosecution are lining up to take the witness stand.
The first, police officer Kleanthis Antonopoulos, told the court that investigators who entered the home on May 11 thought the pilot’s behavior was “strange” from the start.
“What impressed investigators most was Anagnostopoulos’ coolness and incomprehension of the situation.”
“It hit us [as odd] when he said he called [the police] used his nose while his hands were tied in front of him.”
The police officer added: “He didn’t seem to understand what had happened. He seemed to be in a state of shock.
“He didn’t cry when I told him his wife was dead and he asked me if he could hold the child.”
Antonopoulos added that the British-trained pilot then shook the child “like a doll” and said he “never saw a reaction like this”.
When a second police officer was called to the witness stand, he also described the defendant as “incredibly” calm.
“I’ve never seen such calm, such coolness. He was as peaceful as I’ve ever seen,” he said.
Police were also impressed when Anagnostopoulos showed almost no emotion when he saw the couple’s dog, Roxy, hanging from the railing.
The trial was scheduled to begin on Friday, but proceedings have been temporarily stayed until today.
Last week, Anagnostopoulos was taken to the mixed jury building in Athens, where there was a heavy police presence due to the crowd that had gathered outside.
A police officer told The Sun Online: “We were hoping to sneak him in early but we didn’t know the media would be here then.”
When Anagnostopoulos gave his personal details to the court, he stated that he was “married and widowed”.
According to witnesses, he didn’t flinch and looked the prosecutor “steady, cool and deadpan in the eye” as he was read out his charges of first degree murder, false reporting to the police and killing the family dog.
After reportedly confessing to police, the father later said he regretted his actions and will try to prove that the murder was not premeditated to avoid life imprisonment.
He told the police at the time: “I didn’t want to go to jail because I wanted to raise my daughter,” the 33-year-old is said to have told investigators.
Speaking to the Sun Online ahead of the trial, Crouch family lawyer Thanassis Haramanis said: “The confessed perpetrator of this crime has already demonstrated that he will do whatever it takes to have his sentence reduced.
“That is his aim and we will see how it is played out in court. But we are confident and optimistic that justice will be served. He won’t be able to hide.”
Caroline was a British woman who grew up in Greece and started dating Anagnostopoulos when she was a teenager and eventually married him.
Last May, Caroline was allegedly strangled to death in front of her 11-month-old daughter at their upscale home Athens On site.
police found Caroline’s lifeless body next to her crying daughter – who had not been hurt – later that morning.
A police spokesman said he found Anagnostopoulos handcuffed to the ground near Caroline and taped over her eyes and mouth.
The family’s husky was also strangled with his own leash and left on a fence.
Anagnostopoulos told police how he “begged” intruders who he claimed broke into the house not to harm his family.
He is then said to have staged and placed an elaborately botched robbery Baby Lydia next to her dead mother’s body, drowning the dog before hanging his body from the stairs and wreaking havoc on the house.
How to get help
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- Keep your phone close at all times.
- Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution and report abuse without speaking on the phone, instead dialing ’55’.
- Always carry some money with you, including change for a payphone or bus ticket.
- If you suspect your partner will attack you, try moving to a less vulnerable area of the house — for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid spaces where you could become trapped, such as B. the bathroom, or where you could be locked in a closet or other small space.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, the SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
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