The Greek helicopter pilot who has confessed to killing his 20-year-old British wife Caroline Crouch in a match of rage, reportedly advised a court in Athens, “I wish I could go back in time – but sadly, I can’t.”
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, who wore a bullet proof vest, confirmed no emotion as he walked previous a crowd chanting “Rot in prison!” on his approach to court Tuesday.
Once inside, he gave 5 hours of testimony after initially telling investigators that his spouse was killed when their Glyka Nera dwelling in northeastern Athens was burglarized on May 11.
He tried to create a convincing crime scene by inserting their child subsequent to Crouch’s corpse and choking the household canine to loss of life in his bid to idiot investigators, police stated.
“I wish I could go back in time,” Anagnostopoulos stated Tuesday as he apologized for the killing and denied having an confederate, Sky News reported.
He stated the assault was not premeditated, however had occurred in the warmth of an argument.
“It was a confessed act and it is a confessed act,” his lawyer advised reporters later.
Anagnostopoulos had beforehand admitted he “lost his temper” when Crouch threatened to go away him and take their 11-month-old daughter Lydia.
His lawyer Alexandros Papaioannidis stated: “This is a long interrogation and all the necessary clarifications were given.
“The accused answered several questions. He did not change his allegations in relation to his pretrial testimony and there is further evidence that was brought to our attention,” Papaioannidis stated, The Sun reported.
“I convey his apology. … he asked for his punishment and claimed that in no case is there an accomplice,” he added. “The accused gave his own view of what happened. What he did was guided by his child’s wellbeing. He wants to support the custody of the child to go to both families.”
Local information outlet Proto Thema reported that the chopper pilot additionally apologized for “destroying two families and his child’s future.”
But the shameless man additionally requested not be stored in custody, claiming that “there is no evidence of my guilt for the crimes I am accused of, which is the first and most essential legal requirement in order to impose my temporary detention,” The Sun reported, citing the in.gr information outlet.
Anagnostopoulos requested an knowledgeable examination of the surveillance digicam in the couple’s dwelling to set up when the reminiscence card was eliminated, in a bid to show the crime occurred in a match of rage, not after planning.
He additionally requested to have his family and friends introduced in as witnesses for better understanding of his relationship with Crouch, whom he stated he met in 2017 in Alonnisos.
Anagnostopoulos described how pleased their life was earlier than issues started shortly after they wed in 2019, when Crouch suffered a miscarriage.
He additionally continued to blame his spouse as he stated her “behavior changed” and she or he grew to become “aggressive” towards him, in accordance to The Sun. He stated he steered for each of them to get counseling however that Crouch “was finding excuses not to go and eventually stopped.”
A coroner’s report stated Crouch had been sleeping when she was attacked — and that her “asphyxiation took five to six minutes,” the BBC reported.
After the listening to, Anagnostopoulos was taken to Korydallos jail in Athens, Greece’s largest jail.
He is charged with premeditated homicide, animal abuse, offering false testimony and submitting a false police report in regards to the theft.