Greek pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos wore a bulletproof vest Friday as he arrived at court, hours after confessing to killing his British wife who he’d initially claimed was tortured by a gang of burglars.
Anagnostopoulos, 33, wore the protecting vest and was surrounded by armed officers as he was led in handcuffs into an Athens court to face a slew of fees in 20-year-old wife Caroline Crouch’s murder.
His lawyer confirmed to reporters that the widower had on Thursday confessed to killing the British nationwide, saying he had expressed regret.
The May 11 crime had griped Greece ever since Anagnostopoulos claimed that he had been gagged and tied to a chair whereas a callous gang of burglars tortured after which killed his wife in entrance of their child daughter.
He even choked to demise the household canine, who was discovered hanging on a staircase rail, after which tied his personal fingers and people of his lifeless wife earlier than police arrived, Costas Hassiotis, director of the larger Athens murder division, advised reporters.
“Everything was staged for the crime scene to look like the scene of a robbery,” Hassiotis stated.
Anagnostopoulos maintained the facade all through — and was even filmed hugging Crouch’s grieving mother at a memorial service Thursday, with police ready for it to finish to convey him in for interrogation.
He lastly confessed after being offered with damning new technological proof — together with coronary heart fee information on his wife’s smartwatch that confirmed she died earlier than her husband claimed, police have stated.
Anagnostopoulos had additionally eliminated a reminiscence card from safety cameras, and information from his watch confirmed that he’d been shifting round the home, together with the attic the place his wife’s physique was discovered, in the interval he claimed to have been tied up, police told The Times of London.
“He was moving during the time he claimed to have been immobilized by the robbers,” Penelope Maniatis, director of the Greek Police’s forensics division, advised the UK paper. “This was the first major inconsistency created in his testimony and the first clear suspicion created.”
His lifeless wife’s telephone additionally confirmed that on the evening of the assault she had been attempting to guide herself and daughter, Lydia, right into a lodge room, the UK paper stated.
“When faced with the evidence he confessed,” Apostolos Skrekas, a spokesman for the Hellenic Police, advised the UK Times.
“The tracker contradicted his initial testimony that he had been roped up and gagged by three assailants. Instead, what we found was that he moved around the house, going from the attic to the basement.”
He advised officers he “acted in rage at a time of crisis” when his wife threatened to go away him, Skrekas stated. “He explained in full detail how he strangled the victim,” the spokesman added.
It was not instantly clear who would look after the couple’s child daughter, whom Anagnostopoulos positioned subsequent to her lifeless mother’s physique to be sure the crime scene “looked convincing,” officers advised the UK Times.
Officers beforehand revealed that they discovered her hitting her mother in a heartbreaking bid to wake her.
With Post wires