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Greek pilot claims he killed his British wife for ‘abusing’ a baby

A Greek pilot who admitted to killing his wife after initially blaming a fictional gang of burglars for her death now claims he was “out of anger” at his wife’s “abuse” of their young daughter, according to his lawyer traded.

Babis Anagnostopoulos, 32, will use his new defense in court on Friday to tackle first-degree murder charges in the May killing of his wife Caroline Crouch, 20, at their home in Athens, lawyer Alexis Papaioannidis told the Times of London.

“A lot of facts and evidence will be presented to the court supporting Babis’ claims – that he acted in a fit of rage,” the pilot’s lawyer said.

Anagnostopoulos has been in custody since June, when he confessed to the murder hours after hugging his wife’s grieving mother at a memorial.

The case had initially sparked a massive manhunt after the pilot claimed he was tied up by a robbery gang who tortured and killed his wife in front of their 11-month-old baby girl, Lydia.

Now – six months after the confession – he is for the first time blaming his wife’s “abuse” of their child, the UK Times noted.

Anagnostopoulos and wife Caroline Crouch with their young daughter.
Anagnostopoulos and wife Caroline Crouch with their young daughter.
The attorney claimed encrypted entries in Crouch's diary showed she posed a
The attorney claimed encrypted entries in Crouch’s diary showed she posed a “danger to the baby.”

His lawyer told the British newspaper that the deadly confrontation was not the first time the couple had a “heated argument” over the young mother’s parenthood.

“But it was that night when Caroline became increasingly abusive and violently pushed the cot aside that Babis was upset about,” Papaioannidis said of the accused killer’s planned defense.

“He thought, ‘Lydia is in danger,'” he insisted.

The attorney claimed that encrypted entries in Crouch’s diary showed she posed a “danger to the baby,” without elaborating.

However, excerpts from her diary previously revealed that she was considering leaving her husband and accused him of abuse.

Hours before Crouch's death, CCTV shows Anagnostopoulos cradling baby Lydia on the couch.
Hours before Crouch’s death, CCTV shows Anagnostopoulos cradling baby Lydia on the couch.

Anagnostopoulos faces a life sentence for the murder, which was so shocking that police officers burst into tears, officials said at the time.

At least 14 witnesses will take the stand, including the two officers who found Anagnostopoulos taped and his young daughter frantically trying to wake her dead mother, the report said.

Anagnostopoulos is also facing criminal charges under Greece’s tough animal welfare laws for strangling her puppy, who was left hanging from a railing outside her home, the UK Times noted.

The dead dog even has its own lawyer on the case, Evangelia Tsanopoulou, who called the case harrowing, the report said.

Anagnostopoulos faces life imprisonment for murder.
Anagnostopoulos faces life imprisonment for murder.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/07/greek-pilot-claims-he-killed-his-british-wife-over-mistreatment-of-baby/ Greek pilot claims he killed his British wife for ‘abusing’ a baby

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