Babis Anagnostopoulos sells the Rolex he wore when murdering Caroline Crouch

Babis Anagnostopoulos

It was the Rolex Babis Anagnostopoulos was wearing when he strangled Caroline Crouch which helped unravel his web of lies. The murderer has now decided to get rid of the "cursed" watch, with a mysterious buyer purchasing it for €7,800.

According to Proto Thema, the 34-year-old pilot, who was sentenced to life for the strangulation of his wife Caroline Crouch and 11 years for the hanging of a 7-month-old puppy, entrusted a female lawyer from Athens to sell the very expensive Rolex Submariner.

The process  started about four months ago and the deal was finally closed at noon on Friday.

The female lawyer met with the buyer of the watch in a well-known café in Kolonaki. According to the report, the man who bought the killer's watch is in the ​​jewellery industry.

Babis Anagnostopoulos is a 33-year-old helicopter pilot from Greece. His family made international headlines after his 20-year-old wife Caroline Crouch was murdered in their Athens home on May 11, 2021.

He initially claimed they were victims of a gang burglary, but has since confessed to her murder.

Caroline and Anagnostopoulos began dating while she was a teenager.

Caroline Crouch and her husband Babis Anagnostopoulos.

The pair are believed to have married in Portugal in 2019.

On May 11, 2021, Caroline was allegedly tortured and strangled in front of her 11-month-old daughter at her house in an upmarket Athens suburb.

Police found Caroline's lifeless body next to her crying daughter later that morning.

Lydia, the couple's daughter, was not harmed.

A police spokesman said he found Anagnostopoulos handcuffed to the floor near Caroline with duct tape over his eyes and mouth.

The family's pet husky was also strangled with its own lead and left on a fence.

On June 17, 2021, Anagnostopoulos confessed to murdering his wife after she vowed to leave him.

Anagnostopoulos admitted to smothering her after more than eight hours of interrogation in the homicide department of Athens' police headquarters.

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The authorities said in a statement: "The culprit is her 33-year-old husband who has confessed to the act."

Police have described him as a "top class actor" after staging the elaborate crime scene and keeping up with the sick charade as the grieving widower for over a month.

The disgraced helicopter pilot even drowned the family dog and hung it up to blame it on the burglars and strengthen his story, investigators said.

According to reports, Anagnostopoulos eventually broke down saying: "That night we had been arguing from early on.

"At some point she threw the child in her cot and she told me to get up and leave the house.

"She pushed me and punched me.

"My judgement became blurred, I strangled her and then I staged the robbery."

In a text message found on Caroline's phone, it had become apparent that the student had threatened to leave the man she had first met as a teenager just hours before her own murder.

In May 2022, Anagnostopoulos was convicted of premeditated murder by three full-time judges and four jurors at the Athens Mixed Jury Court.

He was also found guilty of animal abuse and two counts of perverting the course of justice after his elaborate lies were unmasked.

Anagnostopoulos received a life sentence for the premeditated murder of Caroline and is now in prison.

He was also given 11 years and six months for brutally killing their dog and a fine of €21,000.

Caroline Crouch, her husband Charalambos (Babis) Anagnostopoulos

His lawyer said the verdict was "expected" and now the 34-year old is expected to live decades behind bars.

He is currently being held in Korydallos Prison, which is known as the toughest jail in Greece, and is said to be unpopular among other inmates.

READ MORE: Former Pilot who murdered wife Caroline Crouch bashed in prison.

 

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