The Greek pilot who has confessed to killing his British wife may have reportedly had accomplices – as new video has emerged of him cradling their child daughter earlier than the 20-year-old lady was strangled to demise.
Authorities investigating the stunning crime stated “the case is not over” regardless of getting a confession from Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, who appeared in court docket Tuesday amid shouts of “rot in prison!” from a crowd exterior, The Sun reported.
Police spokesman Apostolos Skrekas confirmed that investigators have not dominated out that accomplices aided and abetted the crime towards 20-year-old Caroline Crouch.
Thanassis Katerinopoulos, a retired brigadier who leads the Union of Greek law enforcement officials, informed Alpha TV: “There is more to this and authorities must go all the way to the end.”
He additionally stated it was improper to assume the homicide was motivated by jealousy and an “argument,” including that investigators have been wanting right into a mysterious journey to Crete in April — and that two important items of knowledge have emerged.
“No one kills out of jealousy. There was a plan,” Katerinopoulos stated, suggesting that Crouch may have discovered about actions her husband was concerned with that she disagreed with.
Katerinopoulos didn’t elaborate on what the 2 new items of knowledge have been or what actions Anagnostopoulos may have been concerned in.
“The case is not over. A man has been arrested. He has confessed… the investigating magistrate has a lot of work,” the police union chief stated.
“There may be an accomplice on other levels, at other times… let’s not think of this only as about jealousy and a little argument,” he continued.
“There is a second curtain that authorities must see. The first curtain is we caught the culprit. He’ll go to prison. Is there a second curtain? In my view there is, yes. How many are involved?” he stated.
“In the murder there is only one person, the culprit, but I believe there are others in another system which drove him to the murder of his wife for other reasons.”
Meanwhile, chilling footage has emerged of Anagnostopoulos sitting on a sofa and cradling 11-month-old Lydia as he furiously messaged his wife, The Sun reported, citing Greek information outlet Proto Thema.
About an hour later, the pilot approached the video digicam in the lounge and eliminated the reminiscence card — proving it was not destroyed by alleged burglars, as he had beforehand claimed.
The couple continued to argue by way of textual content for one more two hours and 40 minutes whereas Crouch was within the attic, in accordance to the report.
Crouch’s biometric watch later recorded an intense pulse stimulation when he started attacking her in entrance of their daughter, The Sun reported. She fought towards him for some 10 minutes till her watch recorded that her coronary heart had stopped.
Anagnostopoulos then sickeningly positioned Lydia subsequent to her mom’s physique in a bid to create a extra convincing crime scene, investigators stated. He additionally drowned their pet and hanged its physique from a railing to blame fictional Albanian criminals police had been pursuing, in accordance to the outlet.
Crouch died hours earlier than her husband recommended she should have been killed — permitting him time to stage the theft by throwing garments and ransacking their residence, The Sun reported.
She had reportedly messaged a buddy on the night time of her demise, saying she was leaving her husband. Data from her cellphone additionally confirmed she had tried to guide herself right into a resort together with her daughter, police stated.
Anagnostopoulos ultimately broke down throughout an eight-hour interrogation, saying: “That night time we had been arguing from early on. At some level she threw the kid in her cot and she or he informed me to rise up and go away the home.
“She pushed me and punched me. My judgment became blurred, I strangled her and then I staged the robbery,” he reportedly stated.
On Tuesday morning, Anagnostopoulos confirmed no emotion when he arrived in court docket whereas wearing a bullet proof vest and was led previous a crowd that shouted, “Rot in prison,” The Sun reported.
One of his attorneys introduced that he has give up the case, citing “personal reasons” with out elaborating additional, the UK’s Metro reported.
The slain lady’s dad and mom, Susan and David Crouch, vowed to care for his or her daughter.
“Both Susan and I will spend the rest of our lives making sure that justice is done and ensuring that her little daughter Lydia is brought up with all the advantages that we can give her and that the memories of her mother live forever,” David Crouch, 78, told the Daily Mail.
But the grieving couple might face a custody battle from Lydia’s paternal grandparents, the information outlet reported.
A Greek court docket is anticipated to make a ruling in 90 days, in accordance to Proto Thema.