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Who is Caroline Crouch’s husband Babis Anagnostopoulos?

BRITISH mum Caroline Crouch was brutally murdered in front of her baby at her home in Greece last month.

But who is her husband Babis Anagnostopoulos? Here is everything you need to know...

Who is Babis Anagnostopoulos?

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.

What happened to Caroline Crouch?

On May 11, 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.

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

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

What did Babis Anagnostopoulos initially claim?

Babis had initially told police that his wife had been murdered by burglars.

He claimed that the criminals tied him up and blindfolded him before putting a gun to his baby's head and demanding money.

Speaking to reporters on May 14, he said that he had discovered his wife had been murdered when police officers removed the tape covering his eyes.

He is believed to have suffered hypoxia - a potentially fatal lack of oxygen - before wriggling free and calling police in the early hours

He said: "They tied us up while we told them where the money was.

"I realised that my wife was not alive when the police freed me.

"My daughter, fortunately, was not hit. She went to the hospital as a precaution and, fortunately, she is fine."

Babis told reporters that he "begged" the criminals not to hurt his wife and child.

He said the gang threatened to kill his baby if they did not hand over the money.

The father said he had £10,000 cash in the house because he needed to pay builders for work they had completed on a plot of land the family had recently bought.

Cops spent weeks searching for the fictional Albanian criminals that Babis said had broken into his home and strangled his wife to death.

When did Babis Anagnostopoulos confess?

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

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

"The culprit is her 33-year-old husband who has confessed to the act," the authorities said in a statement released on June 17.

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 its body from a stair banister to blame it on the burglars and strengthen his story, investigators said.

According to reports, Babis 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 indeed threatened to leave the man she had first met as a teenager just hours before her own murder. 

Charalambos Anagnostopoulos returns to the scene of the crime where wife Caroline Crouch was tortured to death 

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