Husband confesses to killing British mother after blaming thieves
A Greek confessed to killing his British wife – just weeks after claiming she died in a robbery at the couple’s home, police confirmed.
The man, Babis Anagnostopoulos, has been arrested as a suspect in the murder of 20-year-old Caroline Crouch.
The British mother, who is believed to have family in Liverpool, was found dead in a bedroom on May 11 after her husband reported the crime to police.
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The 33-year-old helicopter pilot and flight instructor, who the Daily Mail said trained as a pilot in Liverpool, allegedly confessed to the crime yesterday (June 17).
A Hellenic Police statement on Twitter said: “Investigation into the homicide of a 20-year-old native which took place on May 11, 2021 in Glyka Nera.
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“The perpetrator is her 33-year-old husband, who confessed to his act.”
Mr Anagnostopoulos first made statements hours after the murder, telling reporters they had been tied up by thieves who broke into their home near Athens.
The couple’s baby girl was at home at the time of Ms Crouch’s death but was not injured.
The police had handed over a reward of 300,000 euros (£ 262,000) for information on the crime.
Authorities said on Thursday that new evidence had come to light and that the husband had been summoned for questioning after attending a memorial service on the island of Alonissos in the Aegean Sea, where Ms Crouch grew up.
It was transported to Athens by helicopter from the neighboring island of Skiathos.