Caroline Crouch's husband arrives at court wearing bulletproof vest after confessing to murder as crowds hurl abuse

CAROLINE Crouch’s husband has arrived at court after confessing to murdering the 20-year-old Brit mum.

Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, was led in handcuffs and wearing a bullet proof vest past a crowd hurling abuse at him.

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The helicopter pilot was arrested by police on Thursday and admitted killing Caroline in a fit of rage.

He also admitted staging a fake robbery after she threatened to divorce him and take their daughter Lydia.

But as he arrived in court, Anagnostopoulos’ lawyer announced that he has already quit the case.

As he appeared in court, Caroline's heartbroken parents have promised tocare for Lydia and vowed "memories of her mother will live forever".

After the killing on May 11, he claimed Crouch had been the victim of a gang who broke into their house in Glyka Nera, Athens.

He has been described as a "top-class actor" by police as he was pretending to be devastated by his wife's death for 38 days.

Cops travelled to the island of Alonnisos where a memorial service for Crouch took place and asked him to follow them in order to give new testimony about the murder probe.

It is reported he told cops he "panicked" when he realised he had killed Crouch after holding her down in bed as the couple were having a late night row.

A chilling timeline has emerged that saw him stage an elaborate crime scene in a bid to trick cops into believing a gang of thugs had raided the home.

He reportedly told cops his "judgement became blurred" after rowing with Caroline in the hours leading up to her death.

He reportedly told cops his "judgement became blurred" after rowing with Caroline in the hours leading up to her death.

He said that he killed her in a fit of rage after she threatened to take their daughter away.

"I did not want to go to prison, because I wanted to raise my daughter," the 33-year-old was said to have told detectives.

At 4.01am, Caroline's biometric watch that she wore on her wrist recorded an intense pulse stimulation.

It was at that moment that Babis began attacking his wife, in front of their infant daughter, as Caroline struggled against the man 13 years her senior.

The brave Brit then fought against him for a further ten minutes, until her watch recorded that her heart had stopped beating at 4.11am in the morning.

Babis then sickeningly placed their daughter next to her late mother in a bid to create a more convincing crime scene, police said.

HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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