Crouch’s family lawyer: Anagnostopoulos reacted to his life sentence as if it was only 10 days in prison

Caroline Crouch, her husband Charalambos (Babis) Anagnostopoulos

The attitude of Babis Anagnostopoulos after he was sentenced to life in prison was pronounced, commented Thanasis Harmanis, lawyer of the family of murdered British national Caroline Crouch.

She was murdered by her husband Babis in Glyka Nera on May 11, 2021.

“His reactions were the same of someone who was sentenced to 10 days in prison for a traffic violation. He has no empathy,” said Harmanis on ANT1.

He went on to say that this also arises from his claim that the murder took place when in a state of anger.

It took Greek police 37 days to arrest Babis Anagnostopoulos (pictured on Monday) over his wife's murder
It took Greek police 37 days to arrest Babis Anagnostopoulos (pictured on Monday) over his wife’s murder.

Harmanis noted that “I told the court that ‘if you recognise anger on a sleeping victim, it will be the first time in history that something like this happened.”

“He made the decision to end Caroline that night when she announced that their relationship was over.

“Caroline, that night, searched for a hotel room. Caroline was afraid.

“She had also written it in her diary that he would not let her leave so simply.”

Regarding the feelings of Caroline’s parents about the court decision, the lawyer told them that “they feel a relief, but their child does come back.”

“The child already has problems, in his subconscious it is recorded that he was on the lifeless body of his mother, who was becoming cold as time passed.”

Anagnostopoulos, 34, confessed last June to the killing, just weeks after her body was found at their home in an Athens suburb. She was 20.

Evidence was found on the couple’s digital devices that refuted his story about a violent burglary.

The judges found he had committed premeditated murder in a calm state of mind. He also killed the couple’s dog.

His sentencing is expected shortly.

The case shocked Greece, not least because the killing happened while the couple’s baby daughter was asleep in the house.

Anagnostopoulos was arrested after attending a memorial service for Caroline near her family home on the Aegean Sea island of Alonissos, where she had spent her childhood. She was born in the UK.

At that service he was pictured hugging his late wife’s mother.

Prosecutors said he had suffocated Caroline as she slept. He confessed after eight hours of questioning, police said.

Initially he claimed robbers had broken into their home and tied him up. But later he told police the couple had often argued in recent months.

Caroline Crouch’s biometric watch revealed her pulse readings on the day she died, showing that her heart was still beating at the time Anagnostopoulos claimed she was murdered.

Anagnostopoulos’s movements were also tracked via his mobile phone, proving that he was moving around the house while he said he was tied up. The time at which data cards were removed from the home security camera also contradicted his account.

Anagnostopoulos had begged for a reduced sentence, arguing that the murder was a “crime of passion” committed after Miss Crouch had refused to apologise for pushing their then 11-month-old daughter off her bed.

The pair with daughter Lydia. Miss Crouch's father David predicted the 34-year-old Greek pilot would become a 'broken man' in a notoriously tough jail
The pair with daughter Lydia. Miss Crouch’s father David predicted the 34-year-old Greek pilot would become a ‘broken man’ in a notoriously tough jail.

He had told the Athens court: “I pressed her against her pillow. She was screaming. I thought she had fainted [but] then I could tell she was dead because her eyes were open.

“I started crying, pulling at my hair and pacing across the room trying to work out what to do.”

The helicopter pilot said he decided that killing the dog, Roxy, would make his story about armed home invaders more plausible.

Officers who entered the home found Lydia lying next to her mother’s body on the bed, Roxy hanging in the stairwell and Anagnostopoulos tied up.

A jury of three judges and four laypeople took an hour yesterday to find him unanimously guilty of pre-meditated murder, of killing Roxy and of two counts of perverting the course of justice.

Sources said Anagnostopoulos is sharing a cell with two other VIP prisoners, former Greek National Theatre chief Dimitris Lignadis, who is accused of raping three young boys and a man, and actor Petros Filipiddis, accused of rape.

Anagnostopoulos (pictured in suit and tie) had begged for a reduced sentence, arguing that the murder was a 'crime of passion'
Anagnostopoulos (pictured in suit and tie) had begged for a reduced sentence, arguing that the murder was a ‘crime of passion’.

Anagnostopoulos hid his wife’s wedding rings and jewellery in the fuel tank of his motorcycle, claiming they had been stolen by the “Albanian burglars” along with cash from the family home in the affluent Athens suburb of Glyka Nera.

Expert witnesses, including the couple’s therapist, Eleni Mylonopoulou, referred to the killer in court as a “narcissistic psychopath”.

Greek police eventually swooped after realising that data from the couple’s smartwatches did not tally with his story.

The fitness tracker on Miss Crouch’s wrist showed her heart had stopped beating hours before the break-in was said by her husband to have taken place.

Anagnostopoulos swept her off her feet when she was just 15, flying by helicopter to Alonissos where she lived with mother and her father, a former business executive from Liverpool.

The pair became lovers when she was 16, and married without telling her family in 2018. Mr and Mrs Crouch won custody of their granddaughter in October.

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