Caroline Crouch's killer husband 'got her parents to pay for coffin'

Caroline Crouch’s killer husband ‘got her parents to pay £3,500 for her coffin’ after he smothered her to death with a pillow in front of their 11-month-old daughter

  • Babis Anagnostopoulos suffocated his wife then staged a violent home invasion
  • The 33-year-old pilot then asked her grieving parents to pay £3,500 for coffin
  • Anagnostopoulos later confessed to killing 20-year-old wife Caroline Crouch

A Greek pilot who hatched an elaborate plan to cover up his wife’s murder asked her parents to pay £3,500 for her coffin, it has been revealed.

Charalambos Anagnostopoulos suffocated his wife Caroline Crouch with a pillow in front of their 11-month-old daughter.

He then told investigators his wife had been killed during a violent home invasion where armed burglars had tied him up and killed his wife.

But Anagnostopoulos, known as Babis, later confessed he had killed Caroline in a fit of rage after she had ordered him out of the house and demanded a divorce.

According to the Sun, the 33-year-old asked Caroline’s grieving parents to pay £3,500 – or about 4,000 Euros – for her coffin.

Thanassis Haramanis, the lawyer for Caroline’s family, yesterday told The Sun: ‘This man has no shame.

Charalambos ‘Babis’ Anagnostopoulos who killed his wife Caroline Crouch (pictured together) by suffocating her with a pillow then asked her grieving parents to pay £3,500 for her coffin

Pictured: The coffin of Caroline Crouch is carried into the Agia Paraskevi church for her funeral on the island of Alonissos in Greece last month before her husband confessed to killing her

‘First he killed Caroline, then he asked her parents for money to pay for her coffin and to fly her body from Athens for the funeral.

‘They gave him 4,000 euros.

‘He paid nothing.’

A source also told the Sun Caroline’s family had lent her and Anagnostopoulos more than £43,000 for a plot of land. The newspaper reports that only his name is on the deeds.

On May 11, Anagnostopoulos staged a break-in at their villa in the affluent suburb of Glyka Nera in an elaborate plot to cover his tracks — accusing a gang of merciless foreign burglars of tying him up, killing Caroline in front of their baby daughter, Lydia, and stringing up their puppy, Roxy, from the stairwell.

Following his arrest last week, he finally admitted having smothered his wife with a pillow because, he told police, she had threatened to leave him and take one-year-old Lydia with her.

Caroline’s father, David Crouch, 78, a retired gas executive who was born in Liverpool, spoke movingly about ‘my wonderful daughter’ (pictured with her baby Lydia) in an interview

Data from Caroline’s smartwatch showed she was in an ‘extreme state of mental or physical stress for six minutes’, as well as showing that she did not die at the time Anagnostopoulos had originally claimed.

In other words, it could have taken six minutes for her to die.

Her murder has resulted in a custody battle for baby Lydia between the two sets of grandparents.

She is currently being looked after by the parents of Charalambos Anagnostopoulos, and was pictured on Greek TV yesterday being cradled in the arms of his mother, Georgia Anagnostopoulos.

The teacher, and her husband, who live in the Greek capital, are happy to share their granddaughter’s upbringing.

But Caroline’s parents, David and Susan, who live on the island of Alonissos, want sole custody of the baby.

Caroline’s father, David Crouch, 78, a retired gas executive who was born in Liverpool, spoke movingly about ‘my wonderful daughter’ in an interview with the Mail this week.

Yesterday Babis was pictured from behind barbed wire as he stretched his legs in the exercise yard of the notorious Korydallos prison.

The prison is located on the outskirts of Athens and is Greece’s main maximum-security facility.

Conditions inside the prison are so bad that the Greek government has vowed to shut it down but Anagnostopoulos is being housed in its ‘VIP’ wing, enjoying a host of luxuries that have left other inmates and prison wardens fuming at the ‘five-star’ treatment he is receiving.

Photographs were also published in the Greek media on Saturday showing the inside of Anagnostopoulos’s cell, which comes with its own shower, toilet, set of furniture, large window which allows in plenty of light and a television. 

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