The Herald on Sunday

Greek pilot charged with murder of UK-born wife


A GREEK helicopter pilot has been charged with the murder of his British-Greek wife, whose death he had initially claimed was caused by burglars during a brutal invasion of their home on the outskirts of Athens.

Pilot and flight instructor, Babis Anagnostop­oulos, 33, was arraigned on Friday for the May 11 killing of Caroline Crouch, 20, who died of suffocatio­n.

He was led in handcuffs and a bulletproo­f vest to an Athens court and is due to return next week to give evidence.

His lawyer confirmed that he had confessed to the crime and expressed remorse.

Police investigat­ors said analysis of data from a smartwatch worn by the victim had helped reveal inconsiste­ncies in the pilot’s account of events.

The pilot had publicly claimed that armed robbers broke into the couple’s home and tied up and gagged him and his wife in their bedroom as their monthsold daughter slept.

Their daughter was unharmed, but the family dog was found choked to death.

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