Pilot accused of killing British wife ‘should face premeditated murder’, prosecutors say – World News

Greek pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos reportedly told police he killed Caroline Crouch in a rage after an eight-hour interrogation after claiming she was killed in a burglary

Babis Anagnostopoulos and Caroline Crouch
Babis Anagnostopoulos has been charged with murdering his wife Caroline Crouch

Prosecutors have claimed that a Greek pilot who allegedly killed his British wife while their baby was sleeping should be charged with premeditated murder.

Babis Anagnostopoulos is also to be charged with lying to police after claiming for 37 days that the death of his wife, Caroline Crouch, was the result of a false burglary, it has been reported.

Prosecutor Giorgos Noulis said the British-trained pilot had a “deliberate plan” when he killed the 20-year-old at their home in Athens, a 24 report published today claims.

He reportedly told police he killed Caroline in a rage after eight hours of questioning.

Anagnostopoulos says he was thrown into a blurred state after she threatened to divorce him, he is said to have claimed.








Prosecutors claim the pilot should be charged with premeditated murder
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Noulis rejects his account, suggesting that the pilot was instead in a “calm state of mind.”

“He had no inhibition to go through with the action despite the fact that she was the mother of his child,” he says in the report according to ekathimerini.

“The victim was only 20 years old while he was 13 years old and should have been her protector.”

The prosecutor has also said that Anagnostopoulos should be charged with animal cruelty after a puppy was found hanging in his own cord, in an apparent attempt to make the scene look like a burglary.

Anagnostopoulos had originally told police that his wife was killed during a home invasion by unidentified robbers.








Anagnostopoulos confessed to killing his British wife Caroline Crouch in June
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The prosecution’s report also questions the timeline of the events, suggesting that Caroline’s smartwatch shows that she was in a state of physical distress for several minutes before her heart stopped beating.

This happened earlier than Anagnostopoulos had originally reported, it is claimed.

Anagnostopoulos set police in search of three burglars after his wife’s death, but investigators say he was suspected early and confessed last month.








Caroline was killed in her home in Athens
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Police said he admitted to strangling Mrs Crouch and killing the family’s pet dog and to having tied himself up before calling for help.

Anagnostopoulos removed a memory card from a CCTV camera in the living room of his home, and cellphone data showed he was moving between floors at a time when he claimed he was tied up.

It is expected that he will claim that the killing was not premeditated and claim that his wife had been “verbally and physically aggressive towards him”, which resulted in him being in a “blurred” state of mind.

An autopsy report suggested that Caroline was attacked while she was sleeping, and found that there was a sharp increase in her heart rate before she died.

Thanassis Haramanis, the family’s lawyer, told the Guardian that he expected the trial to take place next year “sometime between May and September”.

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