The Greek husband and murderer of Britain-born Caroline Crouch has claimed that there is a contract on his life following his beating in prison.
Former pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos said “some people want me dead.”
In his request to remain in Korydallos prison, he stated that he was informed that there is, as he says, a death contract against him.
“On 19/01/2022, the detainees in the 6th Wing of Korydallos Prison confided in me that a fellow detainee in the same Wing said he offered a huge amount of money to people to kill me,” Caroline Crouch’s former husband Anagnostopoulos claimed.
Anagnastopoulos is leaving quarantine on Saturday and will enter his cell as a convict in Malandrinos prison. He wants to return to Korydallos, as he claims his physical integrity is in danger.
“My physical integrity is at stake. My transfer to another Detention Centre implies that it will mean with absolute certainty my position is at risk with a threat to my physical integrity, but also to my own life.”
Caroline’s killer calls himself a model prisoner and states, among other things, that with his personal contribution, dangerous incidents between prisoners have ended. However, he does not mention that he was punished because he was caught with a mobile phone in his cell.
Anagnostopoulos is serving a life sentence for suffocating 20-year-old Caroline in front of their 11-month-old daughter in May last year.
Caroline had been tortured and suffocated with a pillow at their Athens home, with Anagnostopoulos staging a robbery and even hanging the couple’s dog Roxy in a bid to cover his tracks.
The 34-year-old claimed that an Albanian gang had been responsible for Caroline’s death, only to eventually admit to the killing as his web of lies was exposed.
Anagnostopoulos’ lawyer told The Sun that his client had been attacked in a notorious Athens prison.
In one incident, which was narrowly prevented by prison guards, Papaioannidis said an inmate had told him that he had sought him out and planned to kill him.
“Reports that he said ‘I want to kill him. I came from another prison. I’ve been looking for him’” are true,” Papaioannidis told the outlet.
Anagnostopoulos has been moved from Athens’ ultra-secure Korydallos prison to the Malandrinos facility.
His lawyer claimed that petitions to have the former helicopter pilot remain in the Greek capital have been refused.
“He is very worried the new jail houses around 900 hardened criminals and is very hard, very tough,” Papaioannidis added.
Caroline’s father David Crouch recently said that Anagnostopoulos being “incarcerated with fellow murderers, but also perverts of every stripe” in the notorious prison had provided a sliver of consolation.
Anagnostopoulos was sentenced to life in prison last May but has appealed that sentence.
Papaioannidis said that his client will appeal on the grounds that he acted “in the heat of the moment” after an argument with Crouch about their daughter.
He will also appeal against testimony by the couple’s marriage counsellor, claiming she was not qualified to provide it.
Anagnostopoulos’ cover-up was eventually uncovered after police found digital evidence that made his timeline of events impossible, including data from Caroline’s smart watch and proof that Anagnostopoulos had been active at a time when he claimed to have been tied up.
Three days after the murder, on May 14, 2021, a Georgian man was arrested in connection with the murder by Greek police at the country’s border with Bulgaria.
Giorgi Kharddzeishvili, 36, was tied to a chair and beaten for four days by murder squad police after he was said to match a photofit of one the burglars that Babis gave investigators.
Following his arrest he was paraded in front of the court in Athens by triumphant police who said he was the prime suspect but he was later released after being charged with an unconnected robbery.
Khardzeishvili told Georgian media: “I was tied up for four days and beaten while they told me to confess to this girl’s murder.
“I did not know what was happening, I had never even heard of this girl. They would take turns beating me very hard, my head was spinning and I had a concussion.
“When one got tired, the other would then start to beat me. All they would say was ‘Tell us how did you kill her, how did you get in the house, how did you get out of there?'”
After Babis was convicted, three officers from the Athens homicide squad were demoted after the treatment dished out to Khardzeishvili, according to the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile a source said of the attacks on Babis at Korydallos: “This was all in revenge for what happened to the Georgian man arrested and tortured by the police in connection with Caroline’s murder.
“The man who attacked Babis was Georgian and knew what had happened to his fellow countryman and wanted revenge he was saying he was going to kill him.”