The 33-year-old husband of the murdered Caroline Crouch was taken to Korydalos prison in Athens pending trial. Following his five-hour testimony in court on Tuesday, the prosecutor and court official agreed that he would remain in jail pending trial.
On his way to jail, he shouted his “big apologies” to the reporters waiting at the courthouse.
The killer was assigned to the women’s section of Korydalos prison, apparently to protect him from the “cruel inmates.” According to media reports, on the first evening there he asked the guards “to give him some work to pass the time.”
His lawyers continue to feed the media with stories from his client that he is a loving father who is dedicated to the well-being of his 11-month-old daughter. He wants his punishment to end as soon as possible, “so that he can devote himself to his child.”
He himself tries to look as “cool” as possible and does not seem to realize the seriousness of his crimes. His apology seems to be “phony” and “apathetic.” He considers his imprisonment to be a procedure that he must go through before “happily” returning to ordinary life.
Babis Anagnostopoulos, a helicopter pilot by profession, is charged with two serious crimes, murder and cruelty to animals, and two misconduct – giving false testimony to the police and inciting suspicion on others for his actions.
Before being brought before the police on June 17, he killed his wife on May 11, organizing the case to look like a robbery. Caroline Crouch, 20, was found strangled on the bed. He placed a child next to him to act out a burglary scene. The man killed and hanged the family dog to demonstrate the “cruelty of burglars.”
The police began searching for a gang of Georgians who, according to Babis Anagnostopoulos, attacked their house, killed their wife and stole 15,000 euros. A reward of 300 thousand euros was announced for reliable information about the murderers who committed a barbaric crime. A native was detained on suspicion of murder Georgia, who, in the first days after the investigation, crossed the border with neighboring Bulgaria using false documents.
However, no evidence of other people was found in the apartment, and data from Crouch’s biometric watch and his own mobile phone showed that he was the killer. Caroline’s smartwatch revealed that her heart was still beating at a time when her husband claimed she had already been killed. And the activity sensor on Babis Anagnostopoulos’s phone showed that he was walking at the time when, according to him, he was tied up.
In addition, the chronology and timing of the crime described by the husband is different from that recorded by the home security cameras.
The detectives approached him after the memorial service on Alonis on Thursday, asking him to go with them to Athens. The police said there was a breakthrough in the investigation and they want to establish the identity of the suspect. It was only when he was brought to the Greek capital that Anagnostopoulos was told that he was a suspect. Babis Anagnostopoulos confessed to the murder after eight hours of interrogation. He also said that he and his wife had fought a lot lately.
The investigation into the crime was so important that Greek national television interrupted the broadcast of the Euro 2020 football championship on Thursday evening to provide details of the confession. Passers-by and cars even stopped at cafes and bars with working TVs to hear the latest news about this tragedy.