Greek husband of Brit mum murdered in front of baby confesses, police say

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Police probing the death of a British mum in Greece say her husband has confessed to officers.

Caroline Crouch, 20, died in front of her 11-month-old daughter in Athens earlier this year.

Her husband, Charalambos 'Babis' Anagnostopoulos previously told police that he was tied up by three robbers who broke into their home in the early hours, put a gun to his child's head, strangled his wife, and then made off with £10,000 in cash.

Police reportedly flew by helicopter to the Greek island of Alonnisos, where a memorial was being held for Caroline, after making a breakthrough in the case.

They then flew Babis back to Athens, where he is said to have made the confession.

Greek Police tweeted on Thursday, June 17: "Investigation of the homicide of a 20-year-old native that took place on May 11, 2021, in Glyka Nera.

"The perpetrator is her 33-year-old husband, who confessed to his act."

Hellenic Police confirmed the husband had 'admitted to his actions'. A spokesman added: "He has not yet been charged due to bureaucratic behaviour."

He reportedly confessed after more than eight hours of interrogation.

During a previously held briefing, police spokesperson Apostolos Skrekas explained why Mr Anagnostopoulos had been called back for further questioning.

He said: "There is new evidence which requires explanations. The investigation’s facts cannot be held up. For this reason, a homicide division group went to Alonnisos today."

Just minutes before Babis was photographed hugging Caroline's mother at the memorial.

According to local reports, he was asked to follow the officers back to police headquarters in Athens after the memorial. He was not arrested.

Mr Skrekas added: "We waited, however, for the memorial service to end, and then the 33-year-old husband was transferred to GADA. This could have occurred yesterday, but we respected his wish to attend the memorial service."

"As I was informed, the police told him that they caught a person at the airport and called him to go with them to identify him," the mayor of Alonissos, Petros Vafinis, told newsit.gr.

He added: "The police were very discreet and there was no disturbance at the memorial. I do not know if he has been called for identification or to give a new statement."

Helicopter pilot Anagnostopoulos previously told police that a gang of robbers broke into his home while he was sleeping.

He claimed they burst in at about 5am, tied and gagged him and his wife and demanded cash and jewellery at gunpoint.

The accused said he then told them where to find about £10,000 worth of euros in a Monopoly box – cash that the couple had on hand to pay builders after buying land.

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