Caroline Crouch’s mother “gave her son-in-law £ 17,000 just days before killing his wife”
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, has been charged with premeditated murder after admitting to suffocating his wife Caroline Crouch at their home in Athens, Greece
Caroline Crouch’s mother gave her son-in-law £ 17,000 just days before he allegedly murdered his wife and lied to police in an unsuccessful attempt to cover him up, it is claimed.
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, was charged with premeditated murder after admitting to suffocating Ms Crouch, 20, at their home in a suburb of Athens in May.
Greek media claim Ms Crouch’s mother, Susan Dela Cuesta, handed Anagnostopoulos 20,000 euros (around £ 17,000) ten days before he killed his wife in front of their 11-month-old daughter, Lydia.
He first told police his wife was murdered by a gang of intruders, but weeks later he confessed to choking Ms Crouch with a pillow and killing the dog in an attempt to reinforce the blanket.
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Thanassis Harmanis, who represents Ms Crouch’s mother in child custody proceedings, claims she gave Anagnostopoulos the cash a few days before the murder.
Mr Harmanis also claims that Ms Crouch’s family gave Anagnostopoulos 2,200 euros for a coffin and 2,000 euros to pay for Ms Crouch’s body to be transported from Athens to the island of Alonnisos, where she was raised by his Filipino mother and his British father David Crouch.
The lawyer made the allegations while retaliating against helicopter pilot Anagnostopoulos, who claimed in a prison interview that he paid for his wife’s coffin.
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Mr Harmanis said: “How true is the claim of a man who for 37 days forced the authorities to search for three thieves who [killed] the mother of her child and their dog?
“The incredible directing, the unprecedented acting talent brought tears to empathetic people.”
Anagnostopoulos launched police to search for three burglars after his wife’s death, but detectives say he became a suspect early on and confessed last month.
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Police said he admitted to suffocating Ms Crouch and killing the family’s pet dog, and getting tied up before calling for help.
Anagnostopoulos removed a memory card from a CCTV camera in the living room of his home, and data from his cell phone showed him moving between floors at a time when he claimed he was tied up.
He is expected to claim the murder was not premeditated and allege that his wife was “verbally and physically aggressive towards him” which left him in a “fuzzy” state of mind.