Husband of murdered Brit ‘put screaming baby next to her body in break-in plot’

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Caroline Crouch’s baby was coldly placed next to her dead body by her husband as part of an elaborate attempt to fool police after killing her, Greek prosecutors have said.

Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, invented a story that a robbery had taken place at their home before later confessing to killing Brit mum Caroline, 20, out of anger.

He was arrested last Thursday having finally told the truth to police after his original version fell apart due to inconsistencies that included with smartwatch and mobile phone data.

Anagnostopoulos, a helicopter pilot, told police that burglars strangled Caroline in front of their 11-month-old baby as he “begged” them to stop.

Police said that Anagnostopoulos is a “top-class” actor and while he claimed that he had been tied up robbers, they reportedly believe he moved around the house at the time of the break-in.

Greek investigator Nikos Rigas told state TV that Anagnostopoulos had “tried to create a crime scene”.

He added: “The dog was killed, and his baby was placed next to the body of the murdered mother.”

Anagnostopoulos is thought to have suffocated Caroline with a pillow and then he killed the family dog to try and make the robbery look more convincing.

The daughter, Lydia, was initially cared for by the father until his arrest and now a judge must decide which relatives should look after her.

It is reported that Anagnostopoulos’ arrest has had a devastating impact on his well-respected family.

Hiraklia Thoedorou, a close friend of Crouch’s mum, told Greek media: “If you knew their parents, they are like saints, very educated.

“I don’t know how they will handle this. Babis and Fotis (his brother) meant everything to them. They gave them their all.”

Anagnostopoulos’ lawyer Vassilis Spryou said his client’s only concern was his daughter.

“The only thing that interests him is his child,” he told Skai news.

“His main concern is his child’s future because he has heard different things about his child going to a foster family, that he will lose her from his life.”

It has also been revealed that Caroline, a black belt kickboxer had fought Anagnostopoulos for ten minutes before she died.

He then tied himself up and claimed that it was Albanian thieves who had broken into their home in Glyka, near Athens.