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Anagnostopoulos reacted to his life sentence as if it were just 10 days in jail

Babis Anagnostopoulos’ attitude after his life sentence was handed down, commented Thanasis Harmanis, lawyer for 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 as someone who was sentenced to 10 days in jail for a traffic violation. He has no empathy,” Harmanis said on ANT1.

He went on to say that this also stemmed from his claim that the murder took place while he was in a state of anger.

It took Greek police 37 days to arrest Babis Anagnostopoulos (pictured on Monday) for the murder of his wife.

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

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

“Caroline, that night, looked for a hotel room. Caroline was scared.

“She had also written it in her diary that he wouldn’t just let her go.”

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

“The child is already in trouble, in his subconscious it is recorded that he was on his mother’s lifeless body, which grew cold over time.”

Anagnostopoulos, 34, confessed to the murder last June, just weeks after his body was discovered at their home in suburban Athens. She was 20 years old.

Evidence was found on the couple’s digital devices that disproved their story of a violent burglary.

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

His sentencing is expected soon.

The case shocked Greece, not least because the murder took place while the couple’s baby daughter was sleeping in the house.

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

During this service, he was photographed hugging the mother of his late wife.

Prosecutors said he smothered Caroline in her sleep. He confessed after eight hours of questioning, police said.

Initially, he claimed thieves broke 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 her heart was still beating when Anagnostopoulos claimed she was murdered.

Anagnostopoulos’ movements were also tracked via his mobile phone, proving he moved around the house as he said he was tied up. The time the data cards were removed from the home security camera also contradicts his account.

Anagnostopoulos had asked for a reduced sentence, arguing the murder was a ‘crime of passion’ committed after Miss Crouch refused to apologize for pushing their then 11-month-old daughter out of bed.

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

He told the Athens court: “I hugged her to her pillow. She was screaming. I thought she passed out [but] so I could tell she was dead because her eyes were open.

“I started crying, pulling my hair and pacing around the room trying to figure out what to do.”

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

Officers who entered the house 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 laymen took an hour yesterday to unanimously find him guilty of premeditated murder, the murder of Roxy and two counts of perverting the course of justice.

Sources said Anagnostopoulos shares a cell with two other VIP prisoners, former head of the Greek National Theater Dimitris Lignadis, accused of raping three young boys and a man, and actor Petros Filipiddis, accused of rape.

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

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

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

Greek police eventually intervened after realizing that data from the couple’s smartwatches did not match their story.

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

Anagnostopoulos took her away when she was just 15, flying by helicopter to Alonissos where she lived with her mother and father, a former business manager from Liverpool.

The couple fell in love when they were 16 and married without telling their family in 2018. Mr and Mrs Crouch won custody of their granddaughter in October.

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